The Brooklyn Nets are falling to pieces after two seasons of high expectations and playoffs disappointments. Kevin Durant has informed the Brooklyn Nets management and General Manager Sean Marks about his desire to be traded out of Brooklyn, according to Shams Charania from The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN.
Kevin Durant has requested a trade out of Brooklyn, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2022
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks is working with Kevin Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman on finding a trade for the franchise star, Kleiman tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2022
The news certainly has everyone shocked. Earlier in the week, Kyrie Irving opted in his player option to remain in Brooklyn after a lot of rumors showed interest in a deal with the Lakers.
As for Durant’s preferred destinations, the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are the two teams that have been reported as possible options but in the end, the deal will depend on the return the Nets can get.
Currently, the Suns are managing the DeAndre Ayton contract situation and he could be the young star the Nets can see themselves interested in along with draft compensation. As for Miami, rumors about Kyle Lowry’s availability have been talked about since the season ended and the team has a lot of young talent to entice Brooklyn.
The two-time NBA Champion has four years left in his contract after signing an extension the last summer so teams will be willing to unload assets to acquire one of the top scorers in the league.