Durant requests trade from Nets, reportedly prefers Suns, Heat

Posted: 01/07/2022 in NBA
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Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant has requested a trade, the 12-time All-Star’s business manager told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Nets general manager Sean Marks is working with Durant and manager Rich Kleiman on finding a suitor for the franchise star, Wojnarowski reports.

Durant listed the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat as potential trade destinations, though the Nets will prioritize moving the 33-year-old to a team that can offer the best assets in return, according to Wojnarowski.

More than half the teams in the NBA have called the Nets about acquiring Durant, Wojnarowski reports.

Durant had no contact with the Nets after Kyrie Irving elected to use his player option on Monday, signaling he would ultimately ask for a trade, sources told Wojnarowski.

The Nets are not expected to move Ben Simmons, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick. Brooklyn acquired the 25-year-old, as well as Seth Curry and Andre Drummond, from the Philadelphia 76ers for James Harden.

The Nets have been active Thursday, reportedly acquiring forward Royce O’Neale from the Utah Jazz for a 2023 first-round pick.

The forward has four years left on his deal worth $194 million, according to Spotrac.

Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and a block in 55 games with the Nets last season. The Nets were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.

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