The Philadelphia 76ers have been linked to Kevin Durant in the past and now it is happening yet again.
The Philadelphia 76ers previously expressed interest in acquiring Kevin Durant when the Brooklyn Nets star asked for a trade in the 2022 offseason. According to an Eastern Conference exec who spoke with Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports, the Sixers remain interesting in acquiring Durant.
“There is no doubt the Sixers have asked on Durant, they did in the summer, and will keep asking about him,” the anonymous NBA exec explained. “But the Nets are going to be a little put off by them already because of the Ben Simmons thing because they feel like they were set up to give away James Harden all along. So the Sixers burned them once, do the Nets want to go back and say, OK, sure, we’ll do a KD deal, too.”
The 76ers might be interested in getting Durant, but what would they be willing to give up in return? Tyrese Maxey would most certainly need to be in the mix for anything to get off the ground.
“The main thing is, though, does Tyrese Maxey get put into the deal? Because then the Nets have to listen, they might not get a better young player than him in any deal they make for Durant. Maxey, Tobias Harris, and (Matisse) Thybulle would work, but the Nets would not get any picks in the deal because Philly can’t offer any right now. If that is all that is on the table, Brooklyn would have to pass,” the unnamed exec added.
Since the suspension of Kyrie Irving, the Nets have been playing much better on both sides of the ball. It may be a combination of that as well as Jacque Vaughn taking over as head coach.
Whatever it is, the Nets would love to keep the good times rolling.
A deal is improbable, to say the least, but stranger things have occurred in the past.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.