Franchise star Kevin Durant requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Durant made the trade request directly to Nets owner Joe Tsai on Thursday, sources told ESPN.
Nets general manager Sean Marks is working with Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman to find a trade, Kleiman told ESPN.
As the Nets prepare to move one of the most valuable trading assets ever to market, the entire roster will be available to discuss trades, sources told ESPN. Teams have called on Durant, and the Nets will certainly be looking for historical feedback on players and draft picks.
The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are among the two teams Kevin Durant has on his wishlist, sources told ESPN, but the Nets plan to move Durant where they can get the best possible deal. As Durant has four years on his contract, there is no shortage of teams ready to offload assets for him.
Durant, 33, who won’t become an unrestricted free agent until 2026, is expected to earn $44.1 million in the 2022-23 season.
He and Kyrie Irving had no contact with the Nets after Irving accepted his deal on Monday, and a sense of inevitability existed that Durant would eventually ask for a trade, sources told ESPN.
The Nets, chosen by many before the season to win the NBA championship, finished with a 44-38 record good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference – and a playoff spot solidified by a playoff win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 12.
They were swept by the Celtics in the first round.
Over the past three seasons, the Nets have played 247 games (including postseason and playoff games). Durant and Irving were on the court together in just 58 of those games (23%).
Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists this season, but saw action in just 55 games during the regular season while recovering from injury. at MCL.
If traded, it would be the highest scoring average of any player who started next season on a new team since Moses Malone was traded from Houston to Philadelphia after the 1981-82 season, according to ESPN Stats. & Information.
Sportsbooks has adjusted the odds of winning next season’s NBA championship on news of Durant’s trade demand, with the Suns emerging as title favorites.
Phoenix’s title odds have gone from 9-1 to 11-2 at Caesars Sportsbook. The champion Golden State Warriors are next at 6-1, followed by the Boston Celtics at 13-1. Miami’s odds went from 16-1 to 8-1, while the Nets’ title chances went from 15-2 to 30-1 on Thursday afternoon.
In other news, the Nets acquired Royce O’Neale from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick, sources told ESPN. The choice for Utah will be the lesser of theirs, Houston or Philadelphia, sources told ESPN.
O’Neale, 29, is averaging 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in his fifth season with the Jazz.