Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, but the chances of the Los Angeles Lakers offering Anthony Davis is described by one source to Jovan Buha of The Athletic as “zero.”
“As for the prospect of the Lakers trying to get in on the Durant sweepstakes themselves, perhaps by making [Anthony] Davis available in the process, a source close to the situation put the chances at ‘zero.’ Their focus, it seems, is on [Kyrie] Irving. And vice versa.”
A scenario in which the Lakers would acquire both Irving and Durant in a package deal has been floated by multiple executives to ESPN.
As of now, the Lakers are focused on trying to trade for Kyrie Irving and pairing him up with LeBron James yet again.
Durant has four seasons remaining on his contract and has the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat atop his wish list. Irving is on an expiring contract and has limited trade value currently.
Adrian Wojnarowski said on ESPN’s free agency special that it is “very likely that not only Durant but Kyrie played their last games with the Nets.” Earlier in the program, he said, “I think you can expect if Kevin Durant goes, [the Nets will] work really hard to move Kyrie Irving, too.”
Follow NBA insider Brian Windhorst added: “If Kevin Durant is on the first train out, Kyrie Irving will be on the caboose as far as the Nets are concerned.”
The Lakers are trying to retain their draft equity for life after LeBron James, which could be coming sooner than later since he will be 38 in December.
Davis only played 40 games in the 2021–22 season largely because of a sprained MCL he suffered and an ankle injury later in the season.
In his 40 appearances this past season, Davis averaged 23.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.