Kevin Durant Trade Request: Intel on KD Landings and Kyrie-LA Rumors | Bleacher report

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The entire out-of-season league over a potential Brooklyn Nets list explosion had largely disappeared since Kyrie Irving picked up his $ 36.5 million player option on Monday afternoon – that is, until Kevin Durant asked for a trade away from the Nets on Thursday, pr. Shams Charania from The Athletic and Stadiumabout three hours before the start of the free agent negotiation period.

And now the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers landing Kyrie Irving becomes realistic again.

While the league briefly rumored about potential Irving and Durant trade scenarios on Monday – with Durant trade as a perceived possibility if Irving chose to opt out and join the Lakers – two teams were often repeated to the Bleacher Report by league numbers such as the All-NBA Top destinations: Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat.

Brooklyn did not receive rival requests for Durant earlier this week, sources told B / R, but Nets personnel made it clear that Brooklyn’s price suggestion would be massive in case Durant ever asked to be relocated. If Dejounte Murray drew two unprotected first-round picks, plus a third first-round pick and an extra pick, how much should Durant be worth on that scale?

Whatever the outcome, there will be many moving parts, and this transaction may well be one of the greatest blockbusters the NBA has ever seen.

Despite Irving’s commitment to Brooklyn, league sources continued to whisper about Irving’s mutual desire to reunite with LeBron James in Los Angeles this week. For that to happen anytime soon, the Lakers will likely need to find a third or even fourth team that will be willing to absorb Russell Westbrook’s $ 47.1 million salary and still find players who can compensate Brooklyn for Irving. .

Now maybe Irving can find a way to Los Angeles, while the Nets explore all the options on their list.

“This gives the Lakers their best chance in Kyrie,” said a team cap strategist.

From Brooklyn’s perspective, sources said, there is no agreement to land Durant in Phoenix that does not start by sending Devin Booker back to the Barclays Center. The Suns, of course, would probably hold the line. But early indications are that Nets brass is not particularly inclined to take a sign-and-trade that brings back the limited free agent Deandre Ayton.

As far as Miami, Brooklyn’s request would also start with Bam Adebayo. But taking back either Adebyo or Brooker would open up a whole new box of worms. As first mentioned by Keith Smith of SpotracBrooklyn could not acquire Adebayo or Booker and still retain Ben Simmons, as the league rules prohibit teams from acquiring two novice-level designated players acquired through trade.

So if Brooklyn’s best deals come from Miami, that’s likely to indicate that Simmons needs to find a new destination.

Elsewhere in the league, you can name a potential trading partner, choose their best player under the age of 30 and see where an offer for Durant must begin. The Anthony Davis package New Orleans landed from Los Angeles in 2019 would be the closest reference in recent memory.

The only team that NBA sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated is not a tangible alternative for Durant, is Golden State. And the Warriors probably do not have a package of win-now pieces that will hit Brooklyn’s interest anyway.

The Nets will also not be required to accept Durant’s desired landing sites. They will listen across the league, and Brooklyn is guaranteed to look for one of the biggest compensation packages for a superstar in NBA history. And, as sources told B / R, Nets will continue to operate with a goal of fighting for a championship.