Kevin Durant trade live updates: Phoenix Suns in Brooklyn Nets trade rumors, speculation

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Could the Phoenix Suns land Kevin Durant in a trade? Trade speculation continues to surround the Brooklyn Nets star and the Suns continue to be included in it.

The Kevin Durant trade sage continues and the Phoenix Suns continue to be linked to the Brooklyn Nets star in NBA trade speculation and rumors.

Could Durant really end up with Phoenix, a team that has been reported as a preferred destination for the NBA superstar in a trade?

Check out the latest trade chatter surrounding Kevin Durant. and the Suns.

Click here for previous trade speculation surrounding Durant.

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Kevin Durant trade odds tighten as saga with Brooklyn Nets continues

Some new odds have been released for which team acquires Kevin Durant in a trade.

And those new odds have the race tightening.

Odds Checker released the odds, which show the Boston Celtics still the favorite at +115 to trade for Durant. But Boston was previously at -175 in that site's odds.

The Phoenix Suns are second in the odds, improving from +350 to +250, according to the site.

The Philadelphia 76ers are now at +350, a huge mover after previously being at +2000.

The Toronto Raptors (+450) and Miami Heat (+600) round out the Top 5 in Odds Checker's odds to trade for Durant.

“This massive move on the odds market tells us two things," Odds Checker's Kyler Newman said. "First, sportsbooks no longer expect a Durant trade to happen before the start of the season. Books are now giving -500 odds for Durant to be on Brooklyn’s Opening Night roster. Second, odds makers have little idea of where Durant could end up. With five teams given better than a 14% chance to land Durant, everyone is still In play.” 

According to these odds, the Celtics have a 46.5% implied chance to land Durant, while the Suns are at 28.6%. The 76ers are at 22.2%, the Raptors at 18.2% and the Heat at 14.3%.

Suns content waiting out Kevin Durant saga

Evan Sidery writes: "From the Suns’ perspective, they seem more than okay waiting it out and trotting back a rotation filled to the brim with reliable depth. Even without Durant, the Suns should be a lock to win 50-plus games next season because of their foundational pieces in Booker, Paul, Ayton, Bridges and Johnson. Over a massive sample size since 2020, Phoenix has consistently proven they’re one of the league’s best without another superstar being thrown into the mix."

Suns land Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant in crazy trade scenario

Grant Afseth of nbaanalysis.net writes: "With the Brooklyn Nets not being interested in paying Ayton a maximum contract, there wasn’t a pathway for the Suns to negotiate a trade straight up. Phoenix would surely need to find a way to involve a third team as a trade partner to help them actually pull off a deal for Durant. Without Ayton being an eligible, appealing option for the Nets, finding an enticing talent that fits around Ben Simmons would help. Perhaps the Suns and Nets could get bold. Like, really bold. Bold enough to land both Durant and Kyrie Irving in “The Valley.”"

Kevin Durant really wants to be traded to Phoenix

NBA Insider Marc Stein writes: "If it wasn’t apparent by now, he really wants that trade to Phoenix or Miami or maybe even Boston or Philadelphia, no matter what it does to his reputation when he hasn’t played a single game yet under the four-year, $194 million contract extension signed in August 2021."

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FILE - Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant is shown during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers at the Barclays Center, Sunday, Apr. 10, 2022, in New York. Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, according to a person with direct knowledge of the seismic decision that will undoubtedly have teams scrambling to put together enormous offers for the perennial All-Star. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Suns' odds to land Kevin Durant in trade improve

The Phoenix Suns are now tied with the Boston Celtics as the favorite to land Kevin Durant, should he be traded from the Brooklyn Nets.

Draft Kings released updated odds for Durant's next team and the Suns are at +225, tied with the Celtics.

The Nets are the favorite, at -170.

The Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat round out the Top 5 in the odds to land Durant, with Toronto at +600 and Miami at +800.

Click here to see previous odds for the Suns to land Kevin Durant.

Where would Suns play Kevin Durant if they did acquire him in a trade?

SB Nation's Rod Argent writes: "It will depend a lot on who would be left on the Suns’ roster following the trade but KD is listed as 6’10” and 240 lbs. The average height of NBA power forwards in 2021/22 was 6’8.2” and the average weight was 227 lbs so playing him at the 4 would be fine even though he’s played the majority of his career at the 3 spot. The Suns defense is so switch happy that position designations can quickly become irrelevant on D. If the Suns retain either Mikal or Cam J, then I would prefer one of them at the 3 and KD at the 4 in the starting lineup. If both are gone, KD would be my choice at SF."

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Jerry Colangelo weighs in on Kevin Durant to Phoenix trade

"Obviously, if there’s a way for him to get to Phoenix and play with Booker and Paul," Jerry Colangelo told The Athletic's Doug Haller. "Chris is near the end, I’m not saying he’s at the end. But if (Durant) can get a couple years with those two guys, they could be great years for the Suns. I’d love to see that."

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Suns have competition in Kevin Durant sweepstakes

Collin Helwig of Fansided writes: "But while Miami and Boston remain significant threats to swipe up Durant before Phoenix does, things do not quite add up between Brooklyn and Philadelphia to make a deal worth executing. With Brooklyn holding two future Philadelphia draft picks (via Harden/Ben Simmons trade), it makes almost zero sense for them to trade KD to the City of Brotherly Love, as doing so would improve the Sixers for the next few years and therefore make those picks less valuable. However, Durant was seen working out with 76ers point guard and former Nets teammate James Harden in Barcelona this week, so take that as you will."

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What a Kevin Durant blockbuster trade (or not) would mean to Phoenix

Doug Haller of The Athletic writes: "No local topic in the past few years has topped Larry Fitzgerald on radio airwaves. For a stretch, it was nearly impossible to go a day without discussion on the former Cardinals receiver’s future. Would he retire? Would he return? It was an offseason tradition. (Fitzgerald last played in 2020.) Durant, however, has made up astonishing ground in just a couple of months."

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The Suns’ trade offer for Kevin Durant is unlikely to get better as time passes

Rod Argent of SB Nation writes: "Other than adding Durant, I don’t see any other likely trade possibilities that fit into that category so don’t expect the Suns to suddenly pivot to any other plan before training camp opens. Either they will get a trade for KD done this summer or they will go into camp relatively unchanged from last season. Durant wants out of Brooklyn, wants to join the Suns and the Suns want him but aren’t desperate for him. Eventually someone will have to give in and bite the proverbial bullet before a trade happens but don’t bet on it being the Suns... and don’t bet on it happening before KD proves that he’s willing to sit out to get out."

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Wil Kevin Durant get traded this offseason?

Phoenix Suns GM James Jones should pursue Kevin Durant with a deadline

Greg Moore of The Arizona Republic wrote: "QUESTION: Is Durant even worth it ANSWER: Yes. (Do I really need to say more than that?) Remember, the goal is to win a championship. That’s the only step remaining for Jones to take as a league executive after elevating the Phoenix franchise from laughingstock to legit contender."

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Kevin Durant isn't the missing piece the Phoenix Suns need. This is everything they'd lose

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic wrote: "I have contracted DFS — Durant Fatigue Syndrome. At onset, DFS sufferers begin to wish the story of Durant’s desire to play elsewhere would just be resolved soon. At peak infection, the major symptom is a preference for Durant remaining a Net rather than your local team shipping half its roster and multiple draft picks so Durant can continue to pursue contentment. Because chances are, Durant will never find it."

Fox Sports 910: Suns aren't out of Kevin Durant sweepstakes yet

Jody Oehler writes: "Kevin Durant isn't done calling the shots and that means the Suns aren't out of the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. ... If Kevin Durant declares his love for Phoenix and its the only place he wants to be, the two sides will have to make a deal no matter what other teams may be offering. If he doesn't declare his love for Phoenix, the Suns probably lose any bidding war to a variety of other teams. The Suns aren't out of the sweepstakes yet unless after the latest twist in this saga they want to be. Given their complete lack of improvement this offseason, like the Nets, they might not have any choice. They need Kevin Durant almost as badly as the Nets need to dump him. Sounds like a beginning of a very interesting relationship to me."

The Athletic: Suns still in sweepstakes for Kevin Durant

Shams Charania discussed some teams that could still be in on the Brooklyn Nets star and didn't eliminate Phoenix.

Trade suggestion: Mikal Bridges included in trade for Kevin Durant

Everyone seems to have a Kevin Durant trade proposal these days, including QuikTrip, the convenience store chain.

The site recently included Mikal Bridges for Durant in a trade, and threw in one of its convenience stores.

Bridges reacted to the trade on social media.

Suns not interesting enough outcome for Kevin Durant?

The Ringer recently ranked the six "most interesting" outcomes for the Kevin Durant saga and the Phoenix Suns were not included among the outcomes, which drew some attention on social media.

One of them had Durant remaining in Brooklyn as the most interesting result.

Another had him going to the Boston Celtics as the answer. Another went with him being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Another? The Golden State Warriors.

Yet another picked the Memphis Grizzlies as the most interesting outcome, while the final one went with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Is Kevin Durant trade to Phoenix Suns still possible?

Jackson Gatlin (@Locked On Rockets) is joined by Brendon Kleen (@Locked On Suns) to discuss where the Phoenix Suns stand amidst the Kevin Durant trade request saga and if they are still in play for the Brooklyn Nets star.

Reach Jeremy Cluff at jeremy.cluff@arizonarepublic.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeremy_Cluff.

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