Nets star Kevin Durant has requested to be traded, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Durant reportedly lost faith in the Nets’ front office during the Kyrie Irving contract negotiations, though was expected to be settled after Irving picked up his option last week, signifying a return to the team.
But per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets’ entire roster is available. They will be seeking a historic return of “players and picks” for Durant, Wojnarowski added.
Durant turns 34-years old in September. He and the Nets have failed to capitalize on the high-profile pairing of Durant and Irving, which also once included James Harden and was expected to include Ben Simmons. But Durant and Irving were never able to advance beyond the second round of the playoffs.
Per Wojnarowski, the Heat and Suns are on Durant’s wish list of destinations, but the Nets are focused on sending Durant to any team that offers the most in return. He still has four years left on his contract, and would run the risk of not getting paid if he doesn’t report to a team that trades for him.
Neither Irving nor Durant had any contact with the Nets’ front office after Irving picked up his option, “and a sense of inevitability existed that Durant would eventually ask for a trade,” Wojnarowski wrote.
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They were doomed ever since the debut of the big 3 back in Jan 2021 when Collin Sexton dropped 42 on them in dramatic douible OT fashion.