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Kevin Durant trade live updates: Brooklyn Nets trade speculation, rumors, news, odds

Jeremy Cluff
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Kevin Durant trade speculation continues to surround the Brooklyn Nets.

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SB Nation: 4 ways Kevin Durant’s trade request can end

Ricky O'Donnell broke down four ways the saga with Durant could end and one of them was with the Nets trading him to the Phoenix Suns.

He writes: "If Durant has it his way, he’d be traded to Phoenix so he can play with Devin Booker. Maybe there’s still a deal out there even after Ayton re-signed, but it’s probably going to require the Suns to part with four unprotected first round picks, and include some pick swaps. Otherwise, Phoenix is going to have to get creative to rope in other teams to complete a multi-team deal. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the Suns haven’t been willing to throw their full lot of picks in a KD deal. Personally, I think that’s stupid. The Suns have historically been a loser franchise that no one wants to play for. They have never won a title before. The fact that one of the 15 greatest players ever, who is signed for four more years, actually wants to come to Phoenix should be the ultimate cause for celebration. Trading a bunch of future picks and Mikal Bridges for Durant would dramatically increase their odds at winning the 2023 championship. Of course there’s risk involved, but there’s also risk involved with not trading for KD. The Suns should really do whatever it takes to land him."

SB Nation: Is a Kevin Durant to Suns trade still alive?

Trevor Booth writes: "The Nets reportedly would prefer to keep Durant if no one can match their request. So, that means the Suns might have to increase their trade package — which may include Bridges — to make that happen. The possibility of including Bridges makes more sense now that the Suns have retained Ayton. Even if it parts with their starting small forward, backup forward Cameron Johnson and starting forward Jae Crowder, Phoenix could have a deadly lineup with guards Chris Paul and Devin Booker, Durant and Ayton."

CBS Sports: NBA Fact or Fiction: Kevin Durant Will Be A Net On Opening Night

Former NBA player Avery Johnson discusses whether Kevin Durant will be a Brooklyn Net on opening night in this video.

NBC Sports: Kevin Durant staying with Nets would help Warriors, hurt Suns

Tom Dierberger writes: "If Durant were to remain on the Nets roster and give his partnership with Kyrie Irving another chance, it would greatly benefit the defending champion Warriors. Most importantly, it would keep Durant in the Eastern Conference. When the trade rumors first dropped, it was reported that Durant had named the Phoenix Suns as a favored destination. No matter who the Suns surrendered in that potential trade -- even if it was Devin Booker (which would force the Nets to move Ben Simmons due to designated rookie extension limitations) -- Phoenix would arise as Golden State's biggest threat to repeating a championship next season."

United States' Kevin Durant (7), right, celebrates with teammate Devin Booker (15) after a dunk during men's basketball quarterfinal game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall).

ESPN: 'Sparse' communication between Kevin Durant, teammates

Brian Windhorst said on Get Up: "Nobody knows what Kevin Durant is thinking right now. His communication with teammates and others in the league has been sparse. I don't even think that the Nets have a 100% understanding of why Kevin asked for a trade."

The Cold Wire: Trading Kevin Durant makes no sense for Nets

Brian Haedrich writes: "Since signing together back in 2019, Durant and Kyrie have played in 58 games together. The Nets have won a single playoff series across those three seasons while posting a regular season record of 127-99 (.562). Even given Durant and Kyrie’s lack of availability, the Nets have been a playoff-caliber team. Why not give it one last chance with both guys fully available?"

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) may not be heading to the Suns, or any other NBA team beside the Nets, after all.

ESPN: Kevin Durant trade talks have 'slowed to a trickle'

Brian Windhorst said: "From what I understand, the trade talks involving Kevin Durant have slowed to a trickle."

Sporting News: 3 lessons for Nets in mega deals

Stephen Noh writes: "Both Durant and Irving want out, and the Nets' uncertain future hands in the balance. Especially given the massive haul of future picks they paid to land James Harden only for that situation to implode, it's an understatement to say the direction of the Nets' franchise depends entirely on what kind of return they get if and when they trade KD and Kyrie. Of course, history can provide an important lesson, and the Nets can study some of the biggest blockbuster trades of years past to learn what they should be prioritizing in their upcoming deals."

ESPN: Why Kevin Durant is still on the Brooklyn Nets

Adrian Wojnarowski joined NBA Today to discuss why Kevin Durant has not yet been traded from the Brooklyn Nets.

Sporting News: What the Suns can trade for Kevin Durant

Kyle Irving writes: "Ayton, Devin Booker, Damion Lee, Bismack Biyombo and Josh Okogie all cannot be included in a deal for Durant because they each have signing restrictions. Everyone else on Phoenix's roster is available. Value-matching aside, the Suns would also have to get in the realm of Durant's salary of $44.1 million for the 2022-23 season in a deal. The Suns have full control of their future first- and second-round draft picks. The Suns have their Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level exception ($10.5 million) and their Bi-Annual exception ($4.1 million) available for use. It's important to note that only one of these exceptions may be used in a season and they cannot be combined."

Bleacher Report: Heat prioritizing Kevin Durant over Donovan Mitchell

Jake Fischer wrote: "RJ Barrett and Tyler Herro are the two extension-eligible 2019 first-rounders whose futures seem tied to the outcomes of the Durant and Mitchell trade sweepstakes. The Miami Heat remain focused on acquiring one of those aforementioned All-Stars, and multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told B/R that Miami has prioritized pursuing Durant over Mitchell."

ESPN: Potential trade partners 'can't trust' Kevin Durant

Kendrick Perkins said on First Take: “You can’t trust him. That’s the problem with KD. You can’t trust him. You don’t never know what’s going on in his mind. You don’t never know what he’s thinking – and that’s a problem if you’re an organization that’s investing a lot into Kevin Durant. KD, I think he has to stay in Brooklyn at this moment. I think Brooklyn is the best option for Kevin Durant… I think he should run it back. I think he should have a ‘coming to Jesus’ meeting with his quote-unquote brother in Kyrie Irving. I think they should hash things out.”

NJ.com: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving 'know' trade not likely

Adam Zagoria wrote: "Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving “know” a trade is unlikely and have accepted the reality that they may not be dealt anytime soon. "They know behind the scenes that it’s difficult, that it’s unlikely to happen,” a league source said, adding that “the Nets also knew that they’re going to make it so hard in the sense of the demands they’re looking for in return, no one’s going to meet that."

Nov 27, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson (23) during the second quarter at Barclays Center.

NBA Insider: NBA teams worried about keeping Kevin Durant happy

Marc Stein wrote: "The persistent scuttle around the league, though, is that clubs interested in Durant mostly fear their ability to keep him content more than they feel any concern about his advancing age."

Hoops Wire: Wizards could make push for Kevin Durant

Sam Amico wrote: "Several sources even have  told Hoops Wire to keep an eye on the Wizards, who could make a major push. Durant is a DC product, too. He may not be upset about playing at home alongside Bradley Beal. At any rate, there is a sense that Durant could indeed change his mind, and return to Brooklyn, giving it another go alongside Kyrie Irving. But if that happens, it won’t be for lack of trying on the Nets’ end. They continue to seek out deals, and that is what Durant has indicated he prefers."

ESPN: Kevin Durant trade request might be about getting Kyrie Irving off Nets

Dave McMenamin said: "There is a school of thought speaking to people around the league that they think the Kevin Durant trade request wasn’t actually about him getting out of Brooklyn. It was about getting Kyrie Irving out of Brooklyn."

Draft Kings: Nets, Suns lead updated Kevin Durant trade odds

Draft Kings has released updated odds for Kevin Durant's next team and the Brooklyn Nets are now the favorite to be the team in which the star plays his next regular reason minute, at -130.

Interestingly, the Phoenix Suns are second in the odds at +260 after matching the Indiana Pacers' offer sheet for Deandre Ayton.

The Toronto Raptors are third in the odds to be Durant's next team, at +400.

The Miami Heat are fourth, at +750.

The Golden State Warriors round out the Top 5 at +800.

Further out, the Boston Celtics are +1400, while the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers are both +2000.

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Devin Booker and Kevin Durant pose for a photo during the medal ceremony for a basketball game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.

ESPN: Nets still trying to trade Kevin Durant

Adrian Wojnarowski said on Get Up: "I think if Kevin Durant came to Brooklyn and said 'Hey, I've changed my mind. I want to be here. I'm committed to this. Of course they would want him to stay. But if Kevin Durant's not doing that, you're still trying to trade him. You want players who want to be there. You don't want the environment to be filled with players who are unhappy, who don't want to be a part of it. But they've got to get value for him. They've got to get significant value for him, and the trade scenarios out there for him are still complex. 

"Miami is a very motivated team, but we've been through it. Bam Adebayo and Ben Simmons can't be on the team together based on their contracts. There would have to be a lot of third and fourth team involvement. Phoenix is a little more limited now because they can't trade Deandre Ayton, they were never going to trade Devin Booker. Do they have enough assets to do it? Toronto doesn't want to part with Scottie Barnes, that's their stance. Brooklyn, right now, wouldn't consider a deal without Scottie Barnes. 

"There's still other teams out there, but I think for the Nets, because Kevin Durant's got four years left on his deal, this is different than Kawhi Leonard four years ago when he was going into the last year of the deal. That situation had hung over the Spurs, it was right around this time they moved him. 

"There's no deal imminent for Brooklyn, but they are still trying to find a trade for Durant."

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Hoops Hype: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving holding up NBA free agency

NBA player Langston Galloway talked about how Kevin Durant was creating a standstill in free agency.

“Right now (Kevin Durant) and (Kyrie Irving) are holding things up,” Galloway said. “Once what those guys do is decided, things will fall into place for the rest of us.”

ESPN: Nets focused on a Kevin Durant trade

Adrian Wojnarowski said: "The Nets right now are focused on a trying to find a Kevin Durant deal. I would be surprised if they did a Kyrie Irving trade, even if they do one at all, before they figure out what Kevin Durant's future is."

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Yahoo Sports: Heat maneuvering for potential Durant trade, Nets ‘lukewarm’ on deal

Nick Schwartz wrote: "According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Heat are looking to acquire multiple draft picks to either send to Brooklyn for Kevin Durant, or to Utah for Donovan Mitchell. The Heat currently only have two first-round picks they can trade, and the Jazz are reportedly looking for an even bigger haul of picks than they received for Rudy Gobert. The Nets, however, may not be interested in what the Heat are selling. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports reports that Bam Adebayo is off the table in trade packages from Miami, meaning the Nets’ main return in a Durant trade would be Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson. Per Helin, the Nets are ‘lukewarm’ on a Herro-Robinson package."

ESPN: Nets not interested in diminished trade package for Kevin Durant

Adrian Wojnarowski said: "Brooklyn has an owner in Joe Tsai who my sense is not interested in taking a diminished trade package to just move [Kevin Durant] on."

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Sportsnaut: Suns reportedly gave weak Kevin Durant trade offer to Nets

Jason Burgos wrote: On a Friday edition of “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective”, ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst spoke on a suggested four-team deal that would see Durant end up in Phoenix and include Ben Simmons going to Indiana. However, Windhorst says that was never an option because the Suns are not interested in moving many of their draft assets or a valuable talent like Mikal Bridges. A player who would need to be in any Kevin Durant trade proposal. In the end, what the Suns have proposed thus far is likely the best offer the Nets will see in a possible deal with Phoenix after they matched an offer sheet to retain center Deandre Ayton on Thursday. If Mikal Bridges is untouchable in a deal for Durant that should put a nail in the coffin of any chances for a swap that sends the superstar scorer to Phoenix."

ESPN: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving staying on Nets would be a disaster

Alan Hahn said: "A disaster [if Kevin Durant & Kyrie Irving came back to the Nets]... You know who's rooting for the scenario of bring it all back and just play this out: The tabloids. They want to see this thing meltdown into the ground."

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Basketball News: Don't count Suns out of Kevin Durant sweepstakes just yet

Evan Sidery writes: "The Suns still have the assets to make a Kevin Durant trade happen, even with Deandre Ayton’s new max salary potentially on the roster. A package centered around Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, expiring salaries and all of their future draft picks is enough to make it work legally."

ESPN: Suns keeping Deandre Ayton 'closes some windows' for team to get Kevin Durant

Brian Windhorst said: "It just closes some windows that the Suns were interested in pursuing to get Kevin Durant."

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