Kevin Durant sent the NBA world spinning off its axis earlier this offseason when he requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets.
Not only did the two-time champ demand out, but he did so mere hours before the start of free agency. Understandably, that greatly altered a lot of franchise’s summer plans.
Two reasons motivated Durant orchestrating this highly-dramatic exit, and now the situation in Brooklyn is untenable.
A lot of teams have been linked to Durant up to this point.
That said, the 33-year-old has one clear preferred trade destination.
“Kevin Durant’s desired team is the PHX Suns & to go play with Devin Booker”
— 𝘾𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙤 (@JP3Visualz) July 5, 2022
“The Phoenix Suns, from everything I’ve been told, are his No. 1 preferred destination,” NBA insider Shams Charania said on The Pat McAfee Show this past week.
“There’s a desire to play with Devin Booker, to play with Chris Paul.”
The question now is what Phoenix will be able to offer up for Durant. Options, at the moment, appear limited. The Nets don’t seem to want Deandre Ayton, which means that a third team will need to get involved in order to make something happen.
Beyond the Suns, several other teams have been linked to a prospective Durant deal. The Los Angeles Lakers’ best trade offer for Durant is out there. The Boston Celtics’ best trade offer for him is also a matter of public knowledge.
And then of course there are the Toronto Raptors, who are rapidly gaining momentum as a potential suitor. That said – the front office’s reluctance to include one particular player could put the kibosh on things.
Now that’s how it’s done. https://t.co/TImvqHT8Sm
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 6, 2022
Either way, Durant getting dealt is inevitable. At this point it isn’t a matter of if, just when.
Will the Suns be able to cobble together the pieces necessary to make this franchise-altering swap?
Time will tell.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.