Agent: Durant has requested trade from Nets

In a decision that could transform the NBA in the coming years, franchise star Kevin Durant has requested a transaction from the Brooklyn nets his business manager Rich Kleiman told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday.

Sean Marks, general manager of Nets, is working with Durant and Kleiman to find a transaction, Kleiman told ESPN.

Not only is it incredibly rare for a player of Durant’s caliber to be moved in a deal, but what makes him all the more valuable as a trading chip is that he’s signed a four-year contract extension that goes into effect this week — meaning a team taking over Durant knows they’ll have him through 2026.

The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are among the teams Durant has on his wish list for a potential transaction, sources told Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski.

Until then, more than half of the teams in the NBA have already inquired about what it would take to get Durant out of Brooklyn, sources told Wojnarowski. an agreement.

Durant’s decision to file a transaction is the culmination of a week of uncertainty that has surrounded the Nets since the friction between the franchise and Kyrie Irving surfaced last week.

Irving ended up opting for the final year of his contract after he couldn’t find a suitable sign-and-trade for the Nets to make from his favorite destination list — one with the Los Angeles LakersLA ClippersNew York KnicksHeat, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers

Of those teams, however, only the Lakers were interested in giving Irving a maximum contract, sources told Wojnarowski — and they didn’t have a package to offer the Nets that was attractive enough to sign a sign-and-trade deal. to get.

He and Irving had no contact with the Nets after Irving opted for his $37 million deal on Monday, and there was a sense of inevitability that Durant would eventually ask for a trade, sources told Wojnarowski.

Now, however, the focus has shifted to 33-year-old Durant, and the possibility of one of the best players in the sport — a 12-time All-Star and four-time champion in the league — becoming available with four years and nearly $200 left. million for his deal.

This moment comes nearly three years after Durant and Irving jointly announced that they would be coming to Brooklyn together as free agents. Assuming their Brooklyn partnership comes to an end — the two played 58 games (including playoffs) together in three seasons, including one in which Durant was recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

During that period, the Nets won one playoff series.

Brooklyn started last season with Durant, Irving and James Harden, and was, in the eyes of many observers, the favorites to win the NBA championship. Instead, the Nets finished with a 44-38 record, finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference. After escaping the play-in tournament, they were swept by the eventual Eastern Conference champions Boston Celtics in the first round.

Durant has averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists this season, but saw action in just 55 regular season games as he recovered from an MCL injury.

If the two-time NBA champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist were swapped, it would be the highest scoring average of any player to start the next season on a new team since Moses Malone was swapped from Houston to Philadelphia after the 1981-82 season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Sportsbooks adjusted its chances of winning next season’s NBA championship after news of Durant’s trade request, with the Suns becoming the title favorites.

Phoenix’s title chances improve from 9-1 to 11-2 at Caesars Sportsbook. The champion Golden State Warriors are next at 6-1, followed by Boston at 13-1. Miami’s chances improved from 16-1 to 8-1, while the Nets’ title chances extended from 15-2 to 30-1 on Thursday afternoon.

In a separate case, Thursday, the Nets agreed a deal with the… Utah Jazz that saw Brooklyn acquire forward Royce O’Neale in exchange for a 2023 first round, sources told Wojnarowski.

The roster will be the fewest of the Brooklyn, Houston and Philadelphia rosters, sources told Wojnarowski.

O’Neale, 29, averaged 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds last season in his fifth season with the Jazz, and is under contract this year plus a non-guaranteed year for the 2023-24 season.

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