Although Kyrie Irving was chosen for the final year of his deal with the Brooklyn Nets, the future of Kevin Durant should get the attention of the Los Angeles Lakers. Things could still go south between Irving and the Nets which would open the door for Durant to push for a trade. Before Irving joined, Shams Al Shaaraniya Athlete It reported on June 23 that Durant was “monitoring the situation of the Brooklyn Nets and considering options with his future.”
Adam Thompson from Bookies.com Collect the hypothetical odds for Durant’s next team if the star eventually decides to move out of Brooklyn. The Lakers are third at odds at +800 right behind the Heat who are set to be +500 as the favorite along with rival Los Angeles Clippers who are second at +550.
Durant for four years, Contract worth $194 million The forward is committed to Brooklyn until the 2025-26 season. However, as we’ve seen with stars like James Harden and Ben Simmons this season, a long-term contract won’t stop the top player from paying for a deal elsewhere.
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NBA GM on Durant for the Lakers: ‘Never say never’
Unless Irving ends up ordering a trade, it’s reasonable to expect Durant to remain satisfied with Networks. There’s no guarantee Irving won’t trade before the deadline if the strained relationship with the Nets continues, and Point Guard will become a free agent in 2023 which could reopen the door for Durant once again to “consider options with his future” as Charania noted.
For the Lakers to stand a chance at Durant, general manager Rob Pelinka must be willing to trade with Anthony Davis, a move that could anger Klutch Sports who has a serious drag within the franchise. During an early June conversation with NBA insider Sean Daveney at Heavy.com, a Western Conference GM discussed “the kind of seismic trade” the Lakers would need to pull out of to land on Durant.
“Going the other way, if Durant wants to go to the Lakers, it gets more difficult,” the NBA manager said at the time. “He was signed through (2026), so you have to make a deal and the only thing they can do is Anthony Davis for KD. I think LeBron feels some responsibility to get Davis to LA, and he wants that to work, so there’s not much chance that they’ll trade. with it.
“But if Davis can play with Kyrie, who’s close to him, that might change the math. It’s kind of a seismic trade and it’s a slim chance. But if Durant is really unhappy and they can lure everyone to the same page, maybe it works out for everyone. No. Never say never in this league.”
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The Nets’ star core seems safe at the moment, but the franchise isn’t stable at all. If Irving changes his mind and pushes for a trade, this could prompt Durant to think again about his future. Prior to Irving’s decision to sign up, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Nets were “vulnerable to a trade request from Kevin Durant” with teams “preparing to go after” the star. Brooklyn is clearly less vulnerable with Irving back for another season but the situation is still fluid.
“The uncertainty surrounding Irving’s future with the Nets continues to leave the franchise vulnerable to Kevin Durant’s trade order, but this has yet to materialize,” Wojnarowski wrote on June 27. Sources said one of the Nets’ advocates is to commit to a long-term deal for Irving. Several teams across the league are preparing to go after Durant, one of the sport’s elite players, if he becomes available.”
If networks reluctantly consider Durant’s trades, Alex Schaefer from Athletic That deal will likely start with what the Pelicans land for Anthony Davis in 2019. The Lakers big man will be better than any player the Pelicans have scored, so it will be interesting to see a hypothetical framework for a massive Los Angeles deal.
“For Durant’s return, I asked a league source a few days ago about such a deal and the response was, ‘Find Anthony Davis’ deal with the Lakers and start there,” Schaefer explained on June 27.
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