Suns eye Kevin Durant after Nets trade Kyrie Irving

The Nets may not be done yet.

Moments after trading the talented but polarizing Kyrie Irving, many wondered what would become of Kevin Durant.

Two days after Irving requested a trade, he was dealt Sunday afternoon to the Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and draft picks, including an unprotected first-rounder in 2029.

As league teams wait to see the Nets’ next move, Bleacher Report and TNT’s Chris Haynes reported that Suns ‘ready to sue’ Durant is expected to be made available before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline at 3 p.m.

Kyrie Irving (11) was traded by the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, February 5, leaving Kevin Durant’s future with the team in question.
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Much of the 2022 NBA offseason and its inactivity had to do with Durant’s previous trade request shortly before the start of free agency last summer. In effect, it set the league back and was the end of a disappointing season for the Nets, where they became the only team to be swept through all of the playoffs. It was also the first four-year, $194 million contract extension signed the previous summer.

At the time, the Suns were on Durant’s list of favorite destinations, along with the Heat, and later, the Celtics.

Such a deal would likely involve DeAndre Ayton, who would be the first in a four-year deal and earns around $31 million this year, or Mikal Bridges, who is also signed through 2026. Bridges and Ayton were the pieces mistresses of a Durant trade package proposed last summer, according to multiple reports.

Mikal Bridges (25) and DeAndre Ayton would likely be the centerpiece of a Nets-Suns deal involving Kevin Durant.
Mikal Bridges and DeAndre Ayton would likely be the centerpiece of a Nets-Suns deal involving Kevin Durant.
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The Suns are 29-26 and ranked fifth in the Western Conference on Sunday, having won eight of their last 10 after falling to 21-24 on Jan. 16. The Nets fell to 32-20 and fourth in the Eastern Conference. , and are awaiting the return of Durant, who suffered an MCL sprain on Jan. 8.

Unless, of course, it’s traded.


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