One of the biggest names in the NBA has made himself available hours before the new league year officially begins. Kevin Durant asked Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai to be traded from the franchise on Thursday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, despite signing a four-year, $198 million max extension in August.
Durant’s teammate Kyrie Irving opted into his $36.5 million option with the team on Monday after failing to receive any sign-and-trade interest from teams other than the Los Angeles Lakers. Irving and Durant had not had any contact with the Nets since Irving opted into his deal on Monday.
The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are two of the teams Durant has at the top of his list, sources told ESPN. Nets general manager Sean Marks is working with Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman to find a trade, Kleiman told ESPN.
Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists this season but played just 55 games during the regular season as he recovered from an MCL injury. Irving played just 29 regular-season games after deciding not to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making him ineligible to play home games in New York.
News of Durant’s trade request put the NBA on alert, with many players taking to social media to react to the news.
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) June 30, 2022
Can 💩 get realer ?
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 30, 2022
— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) June 30, 2022
I love how we always got something going on in the league 😂
— Josh Hart (@joshhart) June 30, 2022
I meant today lol https://t.co/9o8vow3peV
— Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) June 30, 2022
Oh this is about to be great 🍿🍿🍿🍿
— kuz (@kylekuzma) June 30, 2022
NBA offseason > …
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) June 30, 2022
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) June 25, 2022
This should be every team in the league right now. Throw in some lifetime passes to Disney. Kevin Durant – still in his prime – is the player every team needs to try to get. (Via paolo5 IG) pic.twitter.com/7FsCfk9G9h
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) June 30, 2022
— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 30, 2022
Meanwhile, this 6-year-old Embiid tweet began making the rounds again after Thursday’s news.
Time to RECRUIT KD to the Sixers🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) May 31, 2016
If Durant wants to make a major career change, the Los Angeles Rams are reminding him of what he said about Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who just signed an extension that makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.
Just gonna leave this screenshot from 2018 here… pic.twitter.com/Se82iVyxh1
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) June 30, 2022