Kevin Durant’s proposed trade sends Lakers guard to net


Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets is looking to pass for Bam Adebayo #13, Duncan Robinson #55 and Kendrick Nunn #25 of the Miami Heat

Nobody knows what the future of the Brooklyn Nets is. After a rollercoaster 2022 season that ended in a first-round sweep, Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the franchise. And the widespread belief is that if Durant is made available for trade, so will Nets All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

Despite signing a 4-year/$198 million max contract extension last summer, the Nets’ front office is committed to honoring Durant’s trade request. However, they made it clear that while they intend to work to get KD to their preferred destination, they want to come away feeling like they did what was best for the franchise.

An NBA executive has offered a 5-team trade to Heavy’s Sean Deveney who lands Nets big man star Myles Turner, Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker and a 2023 NBA second-round pick.

Full terms of trade are below:

Brooklyn Nets get:

Myles Turner

Talen Horton Tucker

2023 2nd round pick (Bulls pick, via Lakers)

The New York Knicks get:

Donovan Mitchell

The Los Angeles Lakers get:

Kyrie Irving

Boyfriend Hield

Indiana Pacers get:

Russell Westbrook,

1st round pick (Lakers 2027),

2nd round pick (Detroit 2024, via Knicks)

Utah Jazz gets:

Evan Fournier

Emmanuel Quickley

Obi Toppin

1st round pick (Detroit, 2023 protected, via Knicks; Washington, 2023 protected via Knicks; 2023 Knicks draft; Milwaukee 2025 drafted, via Knicks, 2029 Lakers)

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Exec: Nets waited patiently for Mitchell to be available

Nets owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks reiterated that they would only press for a substantial enough trade for a player of Durant’s caliber. As a result, they were in no rush to complete a trade for one of their stars. Moving hastily in such a delicate situation could be detrimental to the franchise.

The Nets also argued that if they couldn’t complete a trade immediately, an opportunity would eventually arise for them to get a fair deal. The executive says the Nets front office was closely monitoring the situation with Donovan Mitchell in Utah.

“I think we all knew, eventually, that the Jazz were going to move on Donovan Mitchell and that’s what the Nets have been waiting for. They’d like to take him to Brooklyn themselves, but that might be too hard to do unless they’ve got it. “They don’t have a contract with Durant first, a contract that brings in a ton of picks and is still tough. But they can move on to Kyrie. I think we’ve seen those opportunities develop,” the exec said. at Devney.

“I think no matter how exactly it goes, you’re going to see a mega deal. You know, shocking, four or five teams and some big, big names. The Knicks are in a great position because they have picks from Detroit and Washington, protected picks but they’re valuable. It’s most likely we’ll have to see, but most likely where Mitchell goes.

Kyrie changes course on the future of the Nets

Despite rumors of an imminent trade for Kyrie Irving, a new reporting by Brian Lewis of the “New York Post” suggests the Nets’ impending decision with Irving is unrelated to Durant’s future with the franchise. Irving is ready to play with the Nets whether or not his co-star stays in Brooklyn.

“With every day that passes without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving being traded, there is a growing sense among league staff that one or both stars could still be on the Nets’ roster come training camp,” Lewis wrote.

“A source close to the team confirmed that they have been in contact with Durant since his trade request stunned the NBA. Another source close to Irving told the Post that not only did the All-Star point guard have never asked for a trade, but that he intended to play for Brooklyn – with or without Durant.

With trade negotiations currently at a standstill, it will be interesting to see what the outcome of this saga will be.

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