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Latest on Kevin Durant trade request
It was immediately ahead of the opening of free agency on June 30 that reports broke indicating Durant has indeed requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. Almost immeditely, reports came out suggesting that he preferred the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat as potential landing spots.
- Kevin Durant stats (2021-22): 29.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 52% shooting, 38% 3-point
Entering the first season of his four-year max contract, the 33-year-old Durant has dealt with injuries. However, he’s still among the best players in the league when on the court. As of right now, over half of the Association has shown interest in KD. That includes the Toronto Raptors and his former Golden State Warriors squad.
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Donovan Mitchell off table in trade talks
Rumors have continually popped up linking Mitchell to a trade since the Utah Jazz’ 2021-22 season came to an end. That was magnified once Quin Snyder resigned as head coach and team president Danny Ainge pulled off the blockbuster Rudy Gobert trade.
Now, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Utah isn’t even listening to offers on Mitchell and wants to build around the 25-year-old guard. This makes sense to an extent given his prowess (25.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 5.3 APG in in 2021-22). Despite this report, there’s continued suggestions that a Godfather offer could pry Mitchell from Salt Lake.
Next move for the Atlanta Hawks?
The Hawks’ blockbuster trade for Dejounte Murray was the first huge move of the NBA offseason. It gives Atlanta a dynamic backcourt duo with Murray and Trae Young. It’s also interesting that star forward John Collins was not involved in said deal with San Antonio.
We’re now hearing reports that the Washington Wizards are engaged in trade talks with Atlanta surrounding Collins. Perhaps, the Hawks could look to recoup some of the wing depth they have lost this offseason. Kyle Kuzma would make sense as the centerpiece in said deal.
Coby White likely to remain with the Chicago Bulls?
NBA trade rumors have linked White to deals over the past calendar year. Given that Chicago signed fellow guard Goran Dragic and has Lonzo Ball returning from injury, most figured White would’ve been dealt by now. Apparently, it seems like he’s going to remain with the Bulls.
A recent report notes that Chicago has declined all trade offers surrounding White and might simply look to retain the former No. 7 pick. In three NBA seasons, White is averaging 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists on 37% shooting from distance throughout his career.
Miami Heat going big game hunting
Miami has been linked to the likes of Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving thus far this summer. While nothing has come to fruition on this end, the expectation is that front office head Pat Riley will do something of substance.
Primarily, Miami seems to be the best potential landing spot. The Heat can offer up a package centering around Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry and multiple future first-round picks. It remains to be seen if a package like this will be enough given what the Minnesota Timberwolves gave up for Rudy Gobert. Brooklyn is said to be demanding an All-Star player, young prospects and multiple first-round picks for KD.
NBA trade rumors point to potential Kyrie Irving, LeBron James reunion
At the same time that reports came out focusing on Durant’s trade request, multiple rumors persisted that the Nets could also trade Irving. He opted into to his $36.50 million contract for the 2022-23 season and is seemingly looking for a new home.
Since then, Irving has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers in trade talks surrounding Russell Westbrook heading to Brooklyn. It’s not yet known how far these talks have progressed. But if the Lakers were to acquire Irving, it woud be seen as a major boon. The Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks are two other teams who have shown interest in Irving.
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This article was originally published on Sportsnaut.com and is republished here with permission.