NBA star Kevin Durant has been playing for the Nets since 2019. But it seems he's looking to spread his wings for the new season. It comes as no surprise that almost every team in the NBA has packaged up a trade for the superstar; however, not every team has the assets needed to complete the trade. So let's take a look at where KD could potentially end up for the 2022-23 NBA season beginning this fall.
The power forward was drafted into the NBA back in 2007 as the 2nd overall pick in the first round. And fast forward 15 years later, Durant is one of the best players in the game. DC-born, the basketball legend, started playing for the Seattle SuperSonics and was named as the NBA Rookie of the Year. His career was off to a great start when the SuperSonics were relocated to Oklahoma City, becoming the Thunder, and Durant went on to play for the team until 2016 before heading to the Golden State Warriors. Durant then won two championships with the Warriors before he headed off to the Nets - and now we're here.
News of KD requesting to trade out of Brooklyn came just a few days after Kyrie Irving decided to exercise his player option to return to the Nets for the upcoming season. "Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving had no contact with the franchise after Irving opted into his deal on Monday, and a sense of inevitability existed that Durant would eventually ask for a trade, sources tell ESPN. It happened today," NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter. So now, the guard is opting into his $37 million player option as Durant looks for a new home.
"The Nets plan to move Durant where they can get the best possible deal," Woj added. "With four years on his contract, there's no shortage of teams willing to unload assets for Durant." So teams like Phoenix, Toronto, Golden State, and Miami are among the teams who are at the frontline for scoring the successful athlete. However, with an asking price that's set, the process could take some time. Stay tuned for updates as we get 'em.