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It’s possible Ryan McDonagh has played his last game as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The team is working with the veteran defenseman to find a potential trade destination he’d accept, sources told Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

McDonagh, 33, has four years left on his contract with a $6.75-million cap hit and a full no-trade clause, per CapFriendly.

The Lightning are already $2 million over the salary cap and have multiple pending unrestricted free agents they’d reportedly like to keep, including forwards Ondrej Palat and Nick Paul.

Additionally, 24-year-old Mikhail Sergachev, who’s currently third on Tampa Bay’s left defense depth chart behind Victor Hedman and McDonagh, appears ready for a larger role. Sergachev will also be a restricted free agent after next season.

McDonagh’s underlying numbers over the past three seasons aren’t overly impressive, but he’s still strong defensively.

The Wisconsin product also averaged 21:47 of ice time per game in the last three regular seasons and 23:10 during the Lightning’s last three Stanley Cup Final runs. He recorded 26 points in 71 games in 2021-22.

McDonagh’s teammates were apparently disappointed to hear of the possibility that he may be moving on.

The St. Paul, Minnesota, native came to Tampa Bay in 2018 in a trade from the New York Rangers, along with J.T. Miller, in exchange for a 2018 first-rounder, a conditional 2019 second-rounder, Libor HajekBrett Howden, and Vladislav Namestnikov.

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.

The Seattle Seahawks still have a high level of interest in acquiring Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and are open to giving him a contract extension, a league source told Josina Anderson of CBS Sports HQ.

Mayfield’s status with the Browns has been unclear since the team acquired Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans. The Seahawks and Carolina Panthers have been linked to the quarterback throughout the offseason, though no trade has materialized.

The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is due just under $18.9 million this season, per Spotrac.

Mayfield was plagued by a shoulder injury for much of the 2021 campaign. He threw a career-low 17 touchdowns to 13 interceptions across 14 starts while also posting an 83.1 passer rating, his lowest since 2019.

The Browns reportedly have no plans to release the quarterback if he remains on the roster come training camp.

Seattle’s quarterback room is headlined by Drew Lock and Geno Smith after the club traded away longtime franchise passer Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.

Gordon Hayward is among the names the Charlotte Hornets are shopping with one of their two first-round picks in this year’s draft, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports.

The one-time All-Star is set to make a team-high $30.1 million next season, and the Hornets offloading the remaining two years on his contract would clear cap space to re-sign Miles Bridges, adds Windhorst.

Charlotte acquired Hayward two years ago in a sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics. The Butler product has averaged 17.6 points, 5.2 boards, 3.8 assists, and 1.1 steals while shooting 40.2% from beyond the arc during his Hornets tenure. However, various injuries have limited him to just 93 appearances for the club.

Meanwhile, Bridges is coming off a breakout 2021-22 campaign. He registered career bests in points (20.2 per game), rebounds (7.0), and assists (3.8) en route to a seventh-place finish in last season’s Most Improved Player award voting.

Charlotte owns the 13th and 15th selections in Thursday’s draft.

Vancouver Canucks forwards J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser are generating trade interest, and it appears the club is exploring its options.

“It seems like it’s open season for the Vancouver Canucks,” TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Tuesday. “It’s not a fire sale, so don’t misunderstand that, but we’re talking about J.T. Miller, and we’re talking about Brock Boeser.”

Dreger added that “there is strong market interest” in both players and that the Canucks are “interested in listening.”

Vancouver isn’t just seeking future assets in return if they trade Miller or Boeser, either.

“The Canucks aren’t just in the market for draft picks,” Dreger said. “They need good, young players – NHL players – in return.”

Miller is entering the final year of his contract with a $5.25-million cap hit before becoming an unrestricted free agent. The 29-year-old is coming off a career-best 99-point campaign.

The Canucks were rumored to be shopping Miller ahead of the 2022 trade deadline, but they ultimately kept the versatile forward. He’s excelled playing both center and wing in recent years.

Boeser, a winger, is a restricted free agent with a qualifying offer of $7.5 million. The 25-year-old sniper recorded 23 goals and 23 assists while playing a career-high 71 games last season. He’s averaged 30 goals and 35 assists per 82 games throughout his six-year career.

Vancouver projects to have $9.7 million in cap space this offseason, according to CapFriendly. They’re deep up front – especially with the recent addition of KHL star Andrei Kuzmenko – but they could use some help on defense.

Captain Bo Horvat, a 2023 UFA, and slick Swede Elias Pettersson, a 2024 RFA, are due for raises in the coming years. It may be difficult to keep all four of Miller, Boeser, Horvat, and Pettersson under the hard salary cap moving forward.

The Philadelphia 76ers are gauging trade interest in wings Tobias HarrisMatisse ThybulleFurkan Korkmaz, and Shake Milton, sources told The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.

The Sixers are also reportedly interested in offloading veteran wing Danny Green and the No. 23 pick.

Philadelphia is seeking to acquire established players as it believes its current roster can’t win a championship, Pompey notes.

If the Sixers trade the No. 23 pick, they won’t have another first-round selection until 2024. The Brooklyn Nets chose to acquire Philadelphia’s 2023 draft choice earlier this month as part of the James Harden trade.

Harris has two years left on his deal worth around $77 million. The 29-year-old has averaged 18.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 234 contests for Philadelphia.

The 76ers reportedly had trade discussions with the Oklahoma City Thunder regarding the veteran forward before February’s trade deadline. However, no deal materialized.

Although Thybulle has made two consecutive appearances on the NBA All-Defensive second team, he hasn’t averaged more than six points per game in his three years in the league. He also missed all of the Sixers’ road games during their first-round series against the Toronto Raptors due to his vaccination status.

The team refused to trade Thybulle for Harden. Instead, Philadelphia sent Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and two future first-rounders to the Nets.

Although Green has been a consistent rotation player for the Sixers, the 34-year-old tore his ACL and LCL during their second-round defeat to the Miami Heat. Milton and Korkmaz saw their roles decrease after the Harden trade and Tyrese Maxey‘s emergence.

The Indiana Pacers were reportedly interested in acquiring Korkmaz at last season’s trade deadline, Pompey adds.

Anaheim Ducks all-star goaltender John Gibson refuted a recent report that he’s requested a trade out of Orange County.

“All of the rumors that I got in a call from (agent) Kurt (Overhardt) yesterday are false because I haven’t had a conversation with anybody there,” Gibson said, according to The Athletic’s Eric Stephens. “None of that is true.

“When I signed my extension in Anaheim however many years ago, I said I’d be honored to play in the same city and be a part of the same organization my whole career. I still have all my intentions on doing that.”

Gibson’s eight-year, $51.2-million contract kicked in for the 2019-20 season. Anaheim has finished no higher than sixth in the Pacific Division each of the last four years, but Gibson thinks the franchise can turn a corner under new general manager Pat Verbeek.

Verbeek took over the position in February and promptly sold some long-time Ducks players to recoup future assets. The club traded Hampus LindholmJosh Manson, and Rickard Rakell at the deadline, giving Anaheim four picks in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft as well as nearly $40 million in cap space, according to Cap Friendly.

Gibson sees this summer as a big opportunity for the Ducks to become playoff contenders again.

“I think that’s the exciting part,” Gibson said. “We can go back to saying all the moves that were made last season and all that, but it opened up a lot of money into cap space. It opened up draft picks and opportunities to help make our team better this offseason. You ask anybody on the team, they’re excited to see what’s going to happen. See, hopefully, how our team gets better and add some pieces and see where that goes.”

Gibson was drafted 39th overall in 2011 and broke into the NHL in 2013-14. He immediately made a name for himself as one of the league’s top netminders, owning a .921 save percentage and 57.7 goals saved above average in 228 appearances over his first six seasons.

However, his numbers have dipped drastically over the past three campaigns. Gibson is 47-71-21 with a .904 clip and minus-19.1 GSAA over a 142-game span since 2019-20.

The Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns continue to discuss a potential trade for quarterback Baker Mayfield as both teams begin mandatory minicamp, sources told Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports.

The Panthers feel an “urgency” to complete the deal soon to give Mayfield time at minicamp, but how much of his $18.8-million salary they’ll pay remains a major issue, Jones added.

The Browns excused Mayfield from minicamp in an apparent mutual agreement. The AFC North club reportedly is intent on not releasing the signal-caller despite trading for Deshaun Watson.

The Panthers began their pursuit of the 2018 first overall selection earlier in the offseason but reportedly decided to hold off on making a move prior to April’s draft.

Carolina passed on using the sixth overall pick on a quarterback, instead opting to take Matt Corral in the third round. Veteran Sam Darnold remains in line to start after a poor first season with the Panthers in 2021.

Aaron Rodgers has no intentions of leaving the Green Bay Packers. Ever.

The superstar quarterback said Tuesday he “definitely” plans to finish his career in Green Bay, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

Rodgers said he isn’t sure when he’ll call it a career and plans to take a season-by-season approach in evaluating his future.

“If you say I’m for sure playing two more, three years and then you have a magical season that ends with a championship and think that that might be the best way to ride off, I don’t want to commit to something,” Rodgers said. “You say, I’m only playing one more year and you have a bitter taste in your mouth and still got the drive and the passion to play one or two more years – I just don’t want to get pigeonholed into it.”

He added: “I’m focused on this season. I’m never gonna drag it out in the offseason. The conversations I’ve had with (general manager) Brian (Gutekunst) have been very honest and direct, and that’s not going to change. We’ll sit down after the season, hopefully after a championship, and figure out what the next step is.”

The four-time NFL MVP recently acknowledged he thinks about retirement “all the time.”

“This is my 18th season. Of course you think about the next chapter and what’s next in your life all the time. It doesn’t mean you’re not fully invested,” the 38-year-old clarified Tuesday, according to The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman.

Rodgers, who restructured his contract and signed a three-year extension worth $150 million this offseason, has left his future with Green Bay open-ended multiple times. He considered leaving last offseason due to his disappointment with the front office and skipped mandatory minicamp before returning for training camp.

Green Bay’s passing attack will have a different look this year. The club traded star wide receiver Davante Adams this offseason before drafting three wideouts, including second-rounder Christian Watson. The Packers also signed veteran Sammy Watkins, adding to a wide receiver depth chart headlined by Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb.

“The offense has to change,” Rodgers said, per Demovsky. “Last year, when you have a guy who’s that talented, it’s probably not an exaggeration to say that 80% of the plays in the passing game were designed specifically for (Adams), so we’re obviously gonna do some things a little different.”

Rodgers, the reigning back-to-back MVP, has shown no signs of slowing down, but the Packers have piled up disappointing defeats in recent years. Green Bay lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round in January to fall short of an NFC Championship Game appearance for a third consecutive season.

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch reaffirmed his intentions to retain Deebo Samuel.

“We haven’t traded him, and I’d be a fool to trade him, so yes, Deebo will be part of the 49ers this season,” Lynch said Wednesday night, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Samuel requested a trade in April, but the Lynch and the 49ers haven’t shown an interest in moving him.

The star wideout has been a no-show for voluntary OTAs, though head coach Kyle Shanahan expects him to rejoin the club for mandatory minicamp later this month.

Samuel’s trade demand reportedly stems from his usage in Shanahan’s offense, and he hasn’t engaged in contract talks despite the 49ers’ efforts.

The 26-year-old served as both a receiving and rushing threat last season. Samuel recorded a career-high 1,405 yards and six touchdowns in the air while adding 365 yards and eight scores on the ground. His 1,770 yards from scrimmage ranked third in the NFL.