Nearly three months before the start of training camps, the Nets have time on their side and are in no rush to make transactions involving Kevin Durant and or Kyrie Irvingsaid ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski during a Sunday appearance on SportsCenter (video link).
As Wojnarowski explains, the suns and Heat — thought to be Durant’s favorite landing spots — “don’t really have the ability to do one-on-one deals” with Brooklyn and give the Nets the pieces they want, so three- or four-team scenarios should be explored.
“The market is still taking shape” said Wojnarowski. “I think it’s incumbent on some of the other teams to be creative and start bringing ideas to Brooklyn, go out and see if they can get players (and) picks that would put the kind of package that it would take to get Kevin Durant.”
As for Irving, Wojnarowski described the playmaker’s trade market as “slow”.
“The Lakers still have to, I’m told, be aggressive in trying to get a deal to get him out of Brooklyn,” said Wojnarowski. “It may come, it may evolve over time, but so far there’s not really traction on the deals with Irving or Kevin Durant. They will develop over time.
Here are some other rumors related to Durant and other top NBA trade candidates:
- The WarriorsThe stars aren’t pushing the front office to acquire Durant, but would welcome such a deal if it happens, writes Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. Still, Thompson, citing multiple sources within the Warriors organization, stresses that a reunion with Durant is “highly unlikely.” ESPN’s Marc J. Spears previously reported that Golden State is interested in the two-time Finals MVP.
- While the Mavericks are rumored to have some level of interest in riders restricted free agent guard Collin Sexton, Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor doesn’t consider Dallas a likely landing spot. As Fedor explains on the Wine and Gold podcast (hat tip to HoopsHype), the Mavs don’t have cap space and the Cavs aren’t attracted to any plays Dallas might offer as part of a signature and an exchange. Acquiring a player via sign-and-trade would also limit the Mavs, who plan to be above the tax board this season.
- HoopsHype’s Yossi Gozlan considers possible destinations for Donovan Mitchell in case the Jazz are ready to make it available, while The Athletic’s John Hollinger offers five hypothetical trade packages for Durant.