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Kevin Durant Trade Request: Intel on KD Landing Spots and Kyrie-LA Rumors | Bleacher Report

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League-wide offseason talk of a potential Brooklyn Nets roster blowout had mostly dissipated since Kyrie Irving picked up his $36.5 million player option Monday afternoon, until Kevin Durant requested a trade away from the Nets on Thursday, according to Shams Charania del Atlético and Stadiumapproximately three hours before the start of the free agency trading period.

And now, the prospect of the Los Angeles Lakers signing Kyrie Irving is realistic again.

While the league briefly discussed potential Irving and Durant trade scenarios on Monday, and the Durant trade was perceived as a possibility if Irving opted out and joined the Lakers, two teams were often repeated on Bleacher Report. by league figures such as the All-NBA forward. Preferred destinations: the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat.

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Brooklyn didn’t consider rival inquiries for Durant earlier this week, sources told B/R, but Nets staff made it clear that Brooklyn’s asking price would be huge should Durant ever ask to be traded. . If Dejounte Murray drew two unprotected first-round picks, plus a third first-round pick and an additional pick trade, how much should Durant be worth on that scale?

Whatever the outcome, there will be a lot of moving parts, and this transaction could very well turn out to be one of the biggest blockbusters the NBA has ever seen.

Despite Irving’s renewed commitment to Brooklyn, league sources continued to whisper about Irving’s mutual desire to meet with LeBron James in Los Angeles this week. For that to happen soon, the Lakers likely need to find a third or even a fourth team that’s willing to absorb Russell Westbrook’s $47.1 million salary and still find players to compensate Brooklyn for Irving.

Now, maybe Irving can find a way to Los Angeles while the Nets explore every option on their roster.

“This gives the Lakers their best shot at Kyrie,” said a team-cap strategist.

From Brooklyn’s perspective, sources said, there’s no deal to get Durant to Phoenix that doesn’t start with sending Devin Booker back to Barclays Center. The Suns, of course, would probably hold their own. But early indications are that Nets bosses aren’t particularly inclined to accept a sign-and-trade that brings back restricted free agent Deandre Ayton.

As for Miami, Brooklyn’s request would also start with Bam Adebayo. But getting Adebyo or Booker back would open a whole new can of worms. As first mentioned by Spotrac’s Keith SmithBrooklyn couldn’t acquire Adebayo or Booker and still retain Ben Simmons, as league rules prohibit teams from rostering two rookie-scale designated players acquired via trade.

So if Brooklyn’s best offer comes from Miami, that would likely indicate Simmons would need to find a new assignment.

Elsewhere in the league, name a potential business partner, pick your best player under 30 and see where an offer for Durant should start. The Anthony Davis package New Orleans landed from Los Angeles in 2019 would be the closest landmark in recent memory.

The only team that NBA sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated is not a tangible option for Durant is Golden State. And the Warriors likely don’t have a package of winning pieces that would catch Brooklyn’s interest anyway.

Nor will the Nets be required to agree to Durant’s desired landing spots. They’ll hear from across the league, and Brooklyn is sure to be looking for one of the largest compensation packages for a superstar in NBA history. And, as sources told B/R, the Nets will continue to do business with the goal of contending for a championship.

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