Kevin Durant wants a trade, but it appears that won’t happen before the 2022-23 NBA season begins.
Several teams have expressed interest in winning the 12-time All-Star. But it won’t be easy given the amount of money owed to the 2014 NBA MVP and the assets those teams will have to give up to acquire Durant.
Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard said in FS1: “The important things first” that he believes three teams are out of contention for Durant: the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors. International Business Times has not been able to independently verify this information.
Broussard added that the likely scenario could be Durant starting the season in Brooklyn. A trade could still happen if some teams can negotiate a deal that would convince the networks to agree to a trade.
However, ESPN’s Zach Lowe, citing unnamed sources, reported that the networks are hoping Durant will simply withdraw his trade request.
As an example, Lowe cited the case of Rudy Gobert, who was traded by the Utah Jazz to the Minnesota Timberwolves for multiple players and assets. Given that Durant is an established player in the NBA, it may be impossible to find fair trade value to snatch the two-time NBA champion from the hands of the Nets.
From today’s perspective, a change from Durant to another team does not look promising.
One team that may still be in the game is the Boston Celtics. Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported that the Celtics were willing to trade a Jaylen Brown-led package for Durant. The move appears to come as the 25-year-old player could be lost after two years if he hits a free hand.
On his side, Durant still has four years left on his current contract. But the problem is that he is already 33 years old and the injuries he has sustained in recent years are well documented.
A Durant trade can still happen. However, based on recent reports, this is unlikely to go down at least until the start of the 2022-23 NBA season.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/nets-hoping-durant-retracts-trade-request-teams-backing-out-report-1836138?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Nets Hopes Durant Withdraws Trade Request, With Teams Pulling Out: Report