Grizzlies and Celtics interested in Kevin Durant trade

Kevin Durant remains a member of the Brooklyn Nets despite its June 30 commercial request.

The Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat have been mentioned frequently as possible suitors to acquire the 33-year-old star, who has been priced high by Brooklyn.

But a new report from The Athletic said the Memphis Grizzlies have made “new inquiries” about Durant.

Boston recently reportedly offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a future first-round pick to Brooklyn for Durant. Meanwhile, the report states that the Grizzlies are willing to part with a large number of first-round picks to acquire Durant.

That said, the report claims that Brooklyn’s trade talks with other teams have been “non-existent” as of late. Boston isn’t willing to move big man Robert Williams III, Memphis isn’t willing to move young players like Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr., Toronto isn’t willing to move Scottie Barnes, and Brooklyn hasn’t been intrigued by a Suns trade package centered around Mikal Bridges and future first round picks.

In addition, Miami has shown no interest in moving All-Star center Bam Adebayo, while the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks have checked on Durant’s trade options.

Given the tedious state of their trade market, could Durant finally suit up for the Nets on opening night of the 2022-23 NBA season? Also, could he do it alongside Kyrie Irving, who exercised his $36.5 million player option for next season and has been at the center of trade discussions ever since?

Durant and Irving were recently spotted working out together in Los Angeles, and “Undisputed” co-host Shannon Sharpe sees the two superstars hitting it off as a positive development for Brooklyn.

“They seem to be on good terms,” ​​Sharpe said. “It’s hard for me to believe that if they weren’t on good terms, they’d be working together. That bodes well for Kyrie, too, considering it doesn’t look like KD will be traded, and if KD doesn’t get traded, he won’t looks like kyrie is traded so that works out well for the brooklyn nets.

“I don’t know how well it works for KD. KD probably still wants to move, but it doesn’t seem like it [it will happened] as we get closer to camp, and I don’t see any scenario where they trade him midway through the season at the trade deadline. It looks like Kevin Durant will return to the Brooklyn Nets for at least one more year and Kyrie Irving will join him.”

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving practice together amid Nets trade rumors | INDUSTRY

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving practice together amid Nets trade rumors |  INDUSTRY

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant worked out together over the weekend. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe decide if this is good news for the Brooklyn Nets.

Skip Bayless also sees Durant and Irving working together as an auspicious sign for the Nets.

“The X factor was that he felt like Kevin had demanded a change because he was done with Kyrie, that Kyrie had betrayed him,” Bayless said. “Kyrie had rubbed everybody the wrong way because he wasn’t going to get vaccinated. He wasn’t going to participate. I thought he had destroyed the psyche of this team all year and Kevin just couldn’t take it, and I thought we had a Kevin half-heartedly. in the first round of the playoffs.”

“Boston was a lot better. Boston’s defense attacked him and made him look weak, made him go, ‘No, mas,’ basically. And yet, at the end of the day, he’s asking for a trade because he wants to get off Kyrie, that he had opted in. So you know you’ve got Kyrie there for one more year at a pretty modest pace.”

The Nets were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the 2022 playoffs. Durant is entering his 15th active NBA season (he missed the 2019-20 campaign with a ruptured Achilles tendon ). He averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game while shooting 51.8%/38.3%/91.0% last season.


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