Nobody knows what the future holds for the Brooklyn Nets. After a rollercoaster 2022 season that ended in the first round, Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the franchise. And the popular belief is that if Durant is made available for trade, so will Nets all-star point guard Kyrie Irving.
Despite signing a four-year/up to $198 million contract extension last summer, the Nets front office has vowed to honor Durant’s trade request. However, they have made it clear that while they intend to take KD to its preferred destination, they want to go home feeling that they have done what is best for the franchise.
An NBA exec suggested Heavy’s Sean Deveney a 5-team trade that lands Nets star Myles Turner, Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker and a 2023 NBA second-round draft pick.
The full terms and conditions are listed below:
Getting Brooklyn Nets:
Talen Horton Tucker
2023 2nd round pick (Bulls pick, by Lakers)
Getting New York Knicks:
The Los Angeles Lakers get:
Get Indiana Pacers:
1st round pick (Lakers 2027),
2nd round pick (Detroit 2024, by Knicks)
Utah Jazz gets:
1st Round Picks (Detroit, 2023 protected by Knicks; Washington, 2023 protected by Knicks; Knicks 2023 pick; Milwaukee 2025 pick, by Knicks, Lakers 2029 pick)
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Nets owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks have reiterated that they will only pull the trigger on a trade that is substantial enough for a player of Durant’s caliber. As a result, they were in no rush to strike a deal for one of their stars. Rushing into such a delicate situation could hurt the franchise.
The Nets also claimed that if they couldn’t close a trade immediately, they would eventually get an opportunity to strike a fair deal. The executive says the Nets front office has been closely monitoring the situation with Donovan Mitchell in Utah.
“I think we all knew jazz would eventually cede to Donovan Mitchell and that’s what the Nets have been waiting for. They’d love to take him to Brooklyn themselves, but it might just be too difficult unless they have a Durant deal first, one that’s garnering a ton of picks and is still tricky. But they can carry on Kyrie. I think we’ve seen those opportunities develop,” the manager told Deveney.
“I think whatever it looks like exactly, you’re going to see a mega deal. You know, earth shattering, four teams, maybe five, and some big, big names. The Knicks are in a great position because they have picks from Detroit and Washington, protected picks but they’re valuable. That’s most likely, we’ll have to see, but most likely where Mitchell is going.”
Despite rumors of an upcoming trade for Kyrie Irving, a new one Report by Brian Lewis of the “New York Post” suggests that the Nets’ upcoming decision with Irving is unrelated to Durant’s future with the franchise. Irving is ready to play with the Nets whether his co-star stays in Brooklyn or not.
“With every day that goes by without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving traded, there is a growing sentiment among league staff that one or both of the stars in training camp could still be on the Nets list,” Lewis writes.
A source close to the team confirmed they have been in contact with Durant since his trade demand stunned the NBA. Another source close to Irving told The Post that not only has the all-star point guard never asked for a trade, but he was adamant about playing for Brooklyn — with or without Durant.”
With trade talks currently on hold, it will be interesting to see what the outcome of this saga is.
1st round pick (Lakers 2027),