According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Kevin Durant has officially requested the trade from the Brooklyn Nets. Durant will enter the first year of a 4-year/198 million contract early next season. So the lucky winner of the Nets star sweepstakes will get him with the guarantee of his services possible for the rest of the infancy. Wojnarowski said that the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns have emerged as the teams that will pursue the All-Star in an exchange.
“Phoenix and Miami are one of two teams that Kevin Durant has on his wish list, sources told ESPN, but the Nets plan to move Durant where they can get the best deal possible. With four years on his contract, there is no shortage of teams willing to give up assets for Durant.” Wojnarowski said on his Twitter account on June 29.
However, Jake L. Fischer of “Bleacher Report” says that in order for the Sun to land Durant in an epic pending transaction, they will have to part ways with their All-Star protector Devin Booker.
“From Brooklyn’s perspective, sources say, there’s no deal to bring Durant to Phoenix that doesn’t begin with bringing Devin Booker back to the Barclays Center,” Fischer wrote in “Bleacher Report.”
“Of course, The Suns will probably stay the course. But early signs are that the Nets are not particularly inclined to do signing and trade to bring in restricted free agent Deandre Ayton.”
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Nets still want to fight for the NBA title
With the Durant sweepstakes underway, every team in the league will enjoy the chance to own one of the NBA’s best talents. But Fisher notes that Nets owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks don’t see Durant’s preference for a new destination as a priority. Their goal is to give him the best possible return on a trade, with their eye still on bringing in a title for Brooklyn.
“The Nets will also not be obligated to accept Durant’s desired landing spots. They will be listening across the league and Brooklyn will no doubt seek one of the biggest compensation packages for a superstar in NBA history,” Fischer wrote. “And, as sources have told B/R, the Nets will stay in business with the goal of competing for the championship.”
Kyrie trades with Lakers still on the table
Things seemed to be back on track in Brooklyn when Kyrie Irving opted for the final year of his contract on June 28. But with Durant’s bombshell trade request hours before the agency’s opening. NBA freedom, it seems the end of an era may be near. Fischer added that with KD’s exit unclear, Irving may not be too far behind and the Los Angeles Lakers could be a potential suitor.
“Despite Irving’s quiet visit to Brooklyn, federation sources continue to whisper about Irving’s desire to reunite with LeBron James in Los Angeles this week,” Fischer wrote.
For that to happen soon, the Lakers will likely need to find a third or even fourth team willing to accept Russell Westbrook’s $47.1 million salary and still find players to compensate Brooklyn for Irving.”
Seat belts for the Nets, this free agent stage fan is about to be an exciting ride.
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