The Grizzlies are showing interest in Kevin Durant and have made “new inquiries” on the Nets‘ star forward, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
As Charania writes, the Grizzlies could include up to five first-round picks in a package for the two-time Finals MVP (their own 2023, 2025, 2027, and 2029 selections, plus Golden State’s top-four protected 2024 pick).
However, according to Charania, Memphis does not want to part ways with Jaren Jackson Jr. or Desmond Bane.
Given that the Nets are reportedly seeking a win-now return for Durant, that sort of offer is unlikely to garner much interest from them. The team lost a lot in acquiring James Harden in a trade with the Houston Rockets, so they are trying to re-coup that back plus more.
Charania identifies the Sixers, Bucks, Nuggets, and Pelicans as some of the other teams that have expressed interest in Durant, though he confirms that New Orleans deemed Brandon Ingram untouchable.
According to Charania, the Hawks also made an offer for Durant, putting John Collins, De’Andre Hunter, and a draft pick on the table.
Charania added that none of Brooklyn’s discussions have gained any serious traction. There are still five weeks before training camps get underway, and it’s looking more likely that Durant will be on the Nets by that time.