The Brooklyn Nets know they have to trade Kevin Durant, but won’t be happening at a cheap price.
Nets are prepared to hold firm on a return of Devin Booker if they trade Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns, sources tell Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer. The Suns will likely hold the line on not including Booker in a package for Durant.
Should the Nets look to the Miami Heat, they are requesting Bam Adebayo in return.
Durant listed the Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat as his preferred trade destinations.
The Suns could put together a package of proven players and draft picks. Deandre Ayton could go the Nets in a sign-and-trade as part of a Durant package. The Heat could similarly trade a young player like Tyler Herro along with draft pick compensation.
According to the most recent reports, however, those packages will not be good enough to snag Durant.
The 33-year-old Durant, a 12-time All-Star and four-time league scoring champion, has four years and nearly $200 million remaining on his contract, including $44.1 million during the 2022-23 season. He won’t become an unrestricted free agent until 2026.
Over the past three seasons, the Nets played 247 games and Durant and Irving were on the court together in just 58 of those contests.
Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists this season, but he saw action in just 55 games during the regular season as he recovered from an MCL injury.