Star Kevin Durant would have asked for a swap from the Brooklyn Nets, reports Shams Charania of the network Atletico.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2022
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant would like to join the Phoenix Suns or the Miami Heat in particular, but the Nets plan to trade Durant where they can have the biggest possible return.
Phoenix and Miami are among the two teams Kevin Durant has on his wish list, sources tell ESPN, but the Nets plan to move Durant to where they can get the best deal possible. With a four-year contract, there is no shortage of teams willing to download resources for Durant.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2022
Wojnarowski added that Durant would propose directly to Nets owner Joe Tsai today. The ESPN reporter calls Durant “the greatest bargaining chip” to hit the business market in NBA history. All Nets players would now be available for trading in an effort to find a deal for Durant.
Durant’s future in Brooklyn had long been uncertain. Yet on Monday, teammate Kyrie Irving accepted his contract option for next season, leading to speculation that Durant and Irving would try to win with the Nets next season.
Last season in 55 games, he averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists.
Durant has played the last two seasons in Brooklyn, after one season without playing due to injury.
A four-time championship champion, Durant has amassed 12 all-star teams. He has won two NBA championships and three Olympic gold medals.
He was playing with the Golden State Warriors when they won it all in 2017 and 2018.
Durant’s deal is four years old and nearly $ 200 million is missing.
The Nets, chosen by many before the season to win the NBA championship, finished with a record of 44-38, which earned them seventh place in the Eastern Conference and qualification for the playoffs thanks to a victory in the playoffs over the Cleveland Cavaliers. on April 12. They were overwhelmed by the Celtics in the first round.
In the past three seasons, the Nets have played 247 games. Durant and Irving took the field together in only 58 of those games (23%).
Durant turns 34 on September 29th. He remains one of the best players on the circuit, especially since at a height of six feet 10, his short and medium range shots are nearly impossible to counter.
Last season he scored 29.9 points per game in 55 games. And this after helping the Americans to win gold in Tokyo.
In other news, the Nets have acquired Royce O’Neale from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick, ESPN sources say.
O’Neale, 29, averaged 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in his fifth season with the Jazz.