Nets could land 7x All-Star Forward in ‘obvious’ Durant trade
First, it was news about Kyrie Irving’s contract negotiation that took the NBA by storm during the NBA draft. Then, just before the NBA free agency window opened, Kevin Durant told the brooklyn nets that he would like to be traded. Now, the two are likely to leave the Nets before the start of the season. Durant listed the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns as the teams he would most like to be traded to following his requests. However, both of those deals now seem unlikely unless the Suns are ready to part ways with Devin Booker.
Brooklyn has been discussed in trade packages that include the Suns, but have would have turned down more than four offers from them. The Toronto Raptors remain a strong possibility in a deal involving their Rookie of the Year and more. Even the rumors surrounding the New Orleans Pelicans’ former number one pick, Zion Williamson was mentioned.
There still doesn’t seem to be any real traction for Durant right now, but there are plenty of rumors out there, an interesting possibility in The Athletic’s John Hollinger’s recent column was a deal that included Paul George.
Durant to the Clippers in a trade involving Paul George
“Let us remember that on Kawhi Leonardof the 2019 free agent tour, his first call to team up with a winger was not Paul George …it was up to Kevin Durant,” Hollinger writes.
Hollinger noted that Durant should be able to agree to join “Kawhi’s team,” but he doesn’t really have a say in where the Nets trade him after he asks. The Clippers, if they were to part ways with George, would be able to put together a decent trade package.
“Paul George returns to the Nets, allowing them to live another day. Like Davis above, he has two years left on his contract. Brooklyn could probably get a few more considerations from the Clippers, adding Terance MannBrandon Boston, an unprotected first in 2028, and trades in 2027 and 2029. Maybe they could fit a Norm Powell-for-Joe Harris trade into the deal as well,” Hollinger continued.
George and Ben Simmons could still field a fairly competitive team, and you factor that into the picks they receive. This could be the first step in building on Durant and Irving’s failed experiment in Brooklyn. George played well for the Clippers last season, averaging 24.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists in games he played. However, he has only appeared in 31 games but is expected to be ready for next season. If it’s in a Nets uniform, that’s yet to be seen.
Other Possible Durant Offers
Hollinger listed five possible landing spots for Durant in his column. Among the possible teams, there were no surprises. The Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors are all part of Hollinger’s talks.
It’s hard to say any of the deals come close to Brooklyn, but the rest of free agency seems to be waiting for that chip to drop. There is still the possibility that no deal will be reached and Durant will return to the Nets.