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Kevin Durant’s trade market saga continues

Kevin Durant caused a stir this summer after requesting a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. A few teams considered the prospect, but quickly realized the complexity of getting a player of Durant’s caliber. The Boston Celtics are still considering it after the Nets turned down their first package with Jaylen Brown.

Kevin Durant’s 14th NBA season showed his skills right up until the start of the playoffs. In 55 regular-season games, Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists. He shot 51.8% from the field. In three of those games he lost 50 points or more.

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A recent report by Zach Lowe indicated that the nets are waiting for Durant to withdraw his trade request. The First Things First crew responded to the news, with Nick Wright first highlighting the team’s situation, saying:

“The Nets only have one championship cap… It’s like a paradox. It’s like, if you can only walk halfway between two places at each step, how do you ever get there? It’s something like that.”

The Brooklyn Nets have not achieved the success they had hoped for after signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. It was three seasons without deep runs in the playoffs. The humiliation of the 2022 playoffs will take time to heal. However, the Brooklyn Nets can still entertain and decline offers. Durant will be required to honor his contract.

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Nick Wright then delved into the Nets’ plan of action, assuming they wanted to keep Kevin Durant, saying:

“Why should they give a damn what Kevin Durant does or doesn’t retire? Except they know that in today’s NBA it’s not tenable to let a player of Kevin Durant’s caliber play for you who doesn’t want to play for you.”

Are the Boston Celtics the only likely trade target for Kevin Durant?

The Celtics are the current frontrunners in acquiring Durant. Though the offer, including Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a future draft pick, was turned down, analysts believe the Celtics could still land Durant. Aside from Brown, however, players with more proven growth like Marcus Smart and Robert Williams may need to be included.

Nick Wright is skeptical of such a trade, saying:

“I don’t think there’s a scenario where they [Nets] get Brown, Smart and Robert Williams. I don’t think that’s even on the board, but I think they could get Jaylen, plus one of them and a couple of draft picks.

The Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns appear to have stopped chasing Durant. The Toronto Raptors continue to show interest. However, a Durant deal will likely require the involvement of a third team.


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