Lakers to try and trade for both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving?

Lakers to try and trade for both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving?

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Lakers to try and trade for both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving?

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Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Trade market is, as per usual, somewhat slow to develop. Probably going to be held up even more than usual because of KD. No one wants to move a tradable asset and then find out they could have had a shot at KD later. – 11:32 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
As the Raptors take care of business, let’s remember that the Kevin Durant situation is only vaguely similar to 2018’s Kawhi Leonard situation: theathletic.com/3394243/2022/0…11:30 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
First of many free agency podcasts is up. @friedmanadam5 and I reunite to discuss the early hours of free agency, the Pacers 0 moves so far (and why), KD impacting the free agency landscape, Jalen Smith, and much more.
https://t.co/zmFKjC8Qm3 pic.twitter.com/0vaAo1uj3w11:27 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: Kevin Durant has one of the biggest salaries in the NBA. If the Celtics decided to make a trade offer for the All-Star forward, what would they need to include in the deal to make the math work? masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…11:06 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lots to get into on Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and everything else in NBA free agency. Looking forward toward analyzing first day of NBA free agency with @SwollenDome & @ohrnberger on @FoxSportsRadio. Tune in at 8:20 pm PT ihr.fm/2IBN81n11:05 PM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
The guy you do not want to be right now is #Nets GM Sean Marks. The teams that makes most sense as a landing zone for KD are the #Suns and #Pelicans. Eastern Conference next season looks bleak. – 11:02 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
New on Heavy:
— GM goes off on the danger of dealing for Kyrie
— Philly types enjoying a little schadenfreude for now with Ben Simmons’ protection leaving town
— League exec offers warning about “doing a solid” and expecting to be paid back
bit.ly/3Af8yvN11:01 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
The Nets two biggest mistakes of this Durant/Kyrie era were, somewhat ironically, trading for Harden and then trading Harden. Not sure which one was the bigger error… – 10:50 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Full episode of the bonus podcast with @Alex Schiffer is up.
Everything on Kevin Durant’s trade request. His intel on how it went down. Where the Nets go from here. Fake trade packages. Kyrie. All of it.
APPLE: https://t.co/hIOdTG6pmm
WATCH: https://t.co/YVptpYQ2wK pic.twitter.com/dL24MIb00H10:47 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bulls Day 1 free agency – KD, Zach LaVine news, and an Andre Drummond …
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/bulls/2022/6/3…10:34 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Kevin Durant: “Bam Adebayo stood out to me.” 👀
pic.twitter.com/hsIEDyk3pD10:31 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Raptors are well positioned to enter the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. The question is: how much do they want to be in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes? https://t.co/N8waheo8D2 pic.twitter.com/FktEP3o7J010:25 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
KD finna wear this on a hoodie before going for 60 in Barclays next season. pic.twitter.com/GQI4qAZcJE10:22 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers start free agency by chasing youth, especially on the wings. But uncertainty hovers over the team’s moves after Kevin Durant’s ground-shaking trade request with the possibility of Kyrie Irving still out there:
ocregister.com/2022/06/30/lak…10:05 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
The Lakers should be doing everything in their power to trade Anthony Davis for Kevin Durant. – 10:04 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
📺 @Brian Scalabrine + @trenni want Kevin Durant. I’m not as eager to break this thing up. We yell about it.
bit.ly/3bCia9A9:59 PM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
ICYMI Latest @BleacherReport Would Any of These 4 Teams Help Lakers, Nets Trade Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving? — and now with teams spending money, it’s the Spurs on that list who stand out with their cap room still intact: bleacherreport.com/articles/10040…9:54 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
On the increased likelihood that Kyrie Irving is traded to the Lakers, the potential framework of a two- or three-team deal, the Lakers’ reluctance to trade Anthony Davis for Kevin Durant and more with @Sam Amick: theathletic.com/3394038/2022/0…9:52 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Kevin Durant reportedly has Phoenix among his desired trade destinations.
@EvCoRadio and @Howard Beck discuss the multiple paths for the Suns to trade for KD. pic.twitter.com/uLPrNDuC4P9:48 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Point guards with larger contracts than Jalen Brunson:
Steph Curry
Luka Doncic
Trae Young
Russell Westbrook
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Ben Simmons
Damian Lillard
De’Aaron Fox
Jamal Murray
Kyrie Irving
Chris Paul
D’Angelo Russell pic.twitter.com/RnDFehdOjp9:47 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
It can’t happen for financial reasons, but would you trade Scottie Barnes for Kevin Durant one for one? – 9:42 PM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
Does the Kevin Durant trade request in Brooklyn give a Kyrie Irving-LeBron James reunion in Laker Land new life? All the answers here, with @Jovan Buha, at @TheAthletic
theathletic.com/3394038/2022/0…9:39 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
CP3-Book-KD is incredibly intriguing. But so was Kyrie-Harden-KD. – 9:36 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Here’s the link for you to watch the live pod between @Alex Schiffer and I, breaking down all of the Kevin Durant madness, from where the Nets go from here to fake trades to everything. Starting in one minute.
https://t.co/E7QeOrr2AJ pic.twitter.com/gXqLR33raa9:30 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
NEW: Can the Celtics trade for Kevin Durant? Should the Celtics trade for Kevin Durant? @Jay King and I broke it down: theathletic.com/3393996/2022/0…9:29 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
we knew for days this was possible and yet it still feels kinda surreal to speculate about kevin durant trades.
(my first phone call would be to new orleans for zion) si.com/nba/2022/06/30…9:04 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Will have a quick Bonus podcast up with @alex__schiffer breaking down all of the Kevin Durant news today coming soon. – 9:02 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’m seeing Lakers fans grumble about potentially giving up two 1sts for Kyrie.
24 hours ago we were headed for another Russell Westbrook season. Don’t tempt fate here. If it takes two firsts to get Kyrie you give up two firsts to get Kyrie. – 8:59 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Kevin Durant to the Heat for Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson. Get it done. – 8:57 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Story on the end of the KD/Kyrie era Nets. Three years to the day of the Clean Sweep, Kevin Durant asks for a trade that could be of historic returns: theathletic.com/3393667/2022/0…8:52 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Talking to a couple of agents with free agents and the sense is that market has slowed to a crawl until KD (and Kyrie, to a lesser extent) situation gets sorted out. Too many things in play, teams don’t want to commit and miss an opportunity, even tangential to main event. – 8:52 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Who do we think dislikes Kyrie Irving more: Nets fans or Celtics fans? – 8:46 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Draft shows are 95% saturated with Kyrie and KD stories—-you know what- this is a huge day for undrafted players who agreed to a generational contract ( Dort) for guys like Anfernee Simons and Jalen Brunson who bet on themselves and will make 25 million a year. Good on them. – 8:42 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Three Kevin Durant to OKC trade ideas that we definitely 100% absolutely will not see.
But hey, just for fun: oklahoman.com/story/sports/n…8:30 PM
Tom Ziller @teamziller
On Monday Kyrie did the quote thing: “… those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow.”
THEORY: Kyrie knew he’d be mocked. KD was supposed to request a trade on Tuesday, proving Kyrie’s cryptic quote true and confirming KAI on a higher plane of consciousness than us 👁️ – 8:15 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Players have a TON of power. We’ve all seen plenty of examples of that. Still, if I had Kevin Durant under contract for four more seasons and he requested a trade, I would politely tell him no. – 8:13 PM
Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
Warriors fans, would you want KD back on the roster? Consider the package it would take. – 8:07 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
JaVale McGee has played with some elite talent:
LeBron James
Anthony Davis
Steph Curry
Klay Thompson
Draymond Green
Kevin Durant
Nikola Jokic
Devin Booker
Chris Paul
Dirk Nowitzki
And now, Luka Doncic. pic.twitter.com/JW2sI7Cnb87:51 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Sean Marks on Royce O’Neale amid the KD news:
“We are excited to welcome Royce and his family to Brooklyn. He is a versatile wing defender and floor spacer whose tenacious style of play fits the fabric of the team we are building.” – 7:48 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Look at the Big 10 amassing a war chest to trade for Kevin Durant – 7:46 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
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Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Si eres Rob Pelinka y el precio por Kevin Durant es Anthony Davis, ¿descartas ese canje de plano? Si eres Pat Riley y el precio por Kevin Durant es Jimmy Butler, ¿descartas ese traspaso de plano? Muchas superestrellas estarán nerviosas hasta que Durant halle un nuevo hogar. pic.twitter.com/shDosoZjxy7:33 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
My initial instinct based on the moves that the Lakers have made so far is that they plan to give Stanley Johnson real rotation minutes to open the season.
I’m fine with that if Kyrie Irving is their point guard. I’m not if Russell Westbrook is their point guard. – 7:32 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets free agency Day 1 notebook including notes on KD, Kyrie, Donovan Mitchell and more.
nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…7:31 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
As Zach Lowe says, neither Phoenix nor Heat seemingly has enough-on paper-to entice Nets (if Booker not included). Question is whether Durant would be accommodating if best offer comes from team with really skilled young players (Wolves, Grizzlies, Raptors, New Orleans etc.) – 7:30 PM
Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
COLUMN:
Hey Kevin Durant: Memphis is the best place for your dreams to come true, the place where you can most dramatically change your legacy.
commercialappeal.com/story/sports/c…7:30 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
On today’s @PHNX_Suns Podcast, we talked about all things Kevin Durant, including how a Deandre Ayton sign-and-trade hard-caps any team that lands him.
After the Nets’ Royce O’Neale trade, all signs are confirming they really might not want DA
🎧 https://t.co/A51s2pWuZn pic.twitter.com/bGnpqDE48c7:15 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Going on I Am Athlete now to talk Kyrie/KD/Nets – 7:02 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Hopping on @NBATV now to talk free agency and Kevin Durant. – 7:01 PM
Bill Ingram @TheRocketGuy
If I’m putting together an NBA team I wouldn’t touch Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant with a 10-foot basketball goal. Give me some guys who want to play hard every night and fight to win even if you have to play through injuries. I’ll take my chances. #NBAFreeAgency7:00 PM
Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
Someone forget to tell Patty that KD asked for a trade? – 6:56 PM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Nets are learning what Warriors learned 3 years ago. Kevin Durant is an explorer. He will live and love as he sees fit. He knows best what nourishes his soul. nbcsports.com/bayarea/warrio…6:54 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat retain Victor Oladipo, Dewayne Dedmon, lose P.J. Tucker, are linked to trade talks for Kevin Durant. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Heat remaining free agents: Udonis Haslem, Caleb Martin, Markieff Morris. – 6:54 PM
Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
NBA analysts saying this KD trade will happen soon mighttttt be getting paid to say that. If you think the Nets, who owe basically all their draft capital elsewhere over the next 4-5 years, are going to rush this decision then you’re drunk. They have to get established talent NOW – 6:52 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“He doesn’t too much care what people think”
@termineradio and @Eddie Johnson break down the huge news of Kevin Durant requesting a trade #NetsWorld pic.twitter.com/Qvy2ZQ0wmp6:45 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Fwiw I was told Kevin Durant isn’t actually at Mike James’ basketball camp in Portland as was said on ESPN. Was scheduled to be at one point but didn’t make it out, is my understanding. – 6:45 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Kevin Durant trade rumors: How the Designated Rookie rule will limit who the Nets can deal for
cbssports.com/nba/news/kevin…6:36 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Among PFs, Portis, Ingles, Thaddeus Young, Chris Boucher off the board… Warren, O. Porter, Kyle Anderson among those remaining in free agency… And Heat, of course, is pursuing Durant trade, as are many teams… There was nothing percolating on trade for Crowder earlier today – 6:36 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Harden win% with different teammates:
68.6 — P.J. Tucker
66.8 — Kevin Durant
66.7 — Joel Embiid
66.2 — Russell Westbrook pic.twitter.com/2wHfMz0z426:22 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
“Where will Kyrie Irving play in 2022?” odds via @bookies.
The Rockets appear 4th at +750. pic.twitter.com/UxQ0ufIO9a6:22 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Me watching all my favorite Suns MLE targets go off the board in the first 20 minutes but remembering it’s because they’re trying to get Kevin Durant as we speak: pic.twitter.com/DtyDp40BYc6:19 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Kevin Durant wants out of Brooklyn. Why that’s great for the Rockets — for now. ift.tt/6Rcv3GV6:18 PM
Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Draymond being in the Hamptons the same day KD requested his trade from the Nets pic.twitter.com/rxHUTPg10n6:11 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Isaiah Hartenstein and Bobby Portis immediately takes 2 of my Suns targets off the board right away. And now Danuel House, one of my wing targets, is going to the Sixers.
KD obviously takes precedence, but definitely keeping an eye on some of these MLE guys in the meantime – 6:08 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
The top of last week’s NBA draft, KD’s request and USC/UCLA being literally hours away from leaving the conference are all strong evidence that, despite what many would lead you to believe, no one really knows much of anything. – 6:07 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Talking Knicks/Jalen Brunson, free agency, Kevin Durant and more on The Putback with @CPTheFanchise, @JCMacriNBA and @CWilliamson44: twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…6:05 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Really have to think whoever agreed to send a first round pick to the Jazz for O’Neale had no idea Durant was going to request a trade.
Makes zero sense to sacrifice cap room and a pick for a team that is likely going to enter a full rebuild.
Terrible timing. – 5:59 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
If the Nets are indeed looking for an All-Star caliber player and draft picks, Boston has to be considered in play. Jaylen Brown and perhaps an unprecedented collection of picks/swaps. Ime Udoka, who coached KD in Brooklyn, could make the Celtics more appealing. – 5:53 PM
Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
Source: It’s unclear whether Kevin Durant is interested in joining the 76ers, but Joel Embiid has made it clear to management that he wants them to exhaust every option in trying to acquire Durant. – 5:53 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
What would a Kevin Durant to the Suns trade offer look like? Quick breakdown theathletic.com/3393534/2022/0…5:52 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Also have some info up on potential holdups, assets available to move, frameworks, etc. in a Suns-Durant trade:
sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/ke…5:49 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
In 6 hours players on a rookie contract can agree to an extension.
Does the Kevin Durant news put a pause to that? – 5:46 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
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/7FsCfk9G9h5:45 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bigger speculation now that the Nets are no longer ESPN-interesting … does @Nick Friedell come back to Chicago for a reporter to be named later? KD trade demand has league-wide collateral damage! – 5:44 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Brian Windhorst, taking a deep, deep breath, says on ESPN that league executives have “floated” that the Lakers could try to trade for KD and Kyrie as a package deal if the two are still interested in playing together. – 5:42 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Durant says he doesn’t want to play with Kyrie, Simmons or even Uncle Drew…or play for Steve Nash…or work for Sean Marks and Joseph Tsai… – 5:41 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Hmmm. Brian Windhorst suggests the price for Kyrie Irving will be “so low” the Clippers might take a look. pic.twitter.com/QDnB7vNXbi5:38 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
NBA FREE AGENCY IS ALMOST UNDERWAY! We’re reacting to every rumor/agreement (plus the Kevin Durant situation) here: twitter.com/i/spaces/1ZkJz…5:37 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
OKC fans Nets fans
🤝
KD ruining 4th of July weekend – 5:35 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Shams says Kyrie is fully supportive of Kevin Durant’s decision, and that the Nets want an all star caliber player and significant draft compensation in a Durant deal. – 5:33 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
NBA Free Agency show begins on @Stadium with the latest on Kevin Durant requesting a trade from the Nets: twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…5:30 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Rooting for the scenario where Miami makes the cap math work on a Durant trade with a three-year, $139 million sign-and-trade deal for Udonis Haslem. – 5:29 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
If the Heat do not get Kevin Durant, it won’t be a case of “losing out” on Kevin Durant. Pat Riley has the Heat in seemingly every prime personnel discussion. That’s all any NBA team can ask for. – 5:28 PM
Adi Joseph @AdiJoseph
I don’t know a single person who became a Nets fan because they got Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but I see the straw men are getting burned on the timeline today. – 5:23 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
NBA rumors: Kyrie Irving wants to re-join LeBron James with the Lakers ‘as soon as he possibly can’ nj.com/sports/2022/06…5:20 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The only way Denver can trade for KD is if a 3rd team takes Ben Simmons, who the Nets reportedly are keeping, and if Denver sends both MPJ AND Murray because Denver can only trade their 2029 1st.
That’s…not likely. – 5:17 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
NBA players react to stunning Kevin Durant trade request nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/30/nba…5:14 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Will be curious how much the league will be in a holding pattern until a Kevin Durant trade is agreed upon. Ancillary deals will get done, but many teams will be on hold. For ex. Suns and Ayton. – 5:12 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Jalen Brunson to the Knicks and between the KD bomb and the Yankees playing in Houston, the Knicks might barely get mentioned on the back pages. – 5:12 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
I think my first overarching thought on the KD thing is “Oh wow Houston has access to basically all of Brooklyn’s future draft picks moving forward via swap or trade in an unprotected manner, too.” Wonder how that clouds what kind of trade package Sean Marks looks for. – 5:12 PM
J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
we are two hours in to this spotify live lol
also talking burritos
@Kevin O’Connor @Seerat Sohi @BigWos
Come join ‘KD Demands Trade + Latest NBA News Reactions’ on Spotify Live! spotifylive.link/qmfcRdp6hrb5:12 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think we’re going to hear Kyrie Irving linked to Dallas now because Jalen Brunson is leaving whether or not the Mavericks are really interested.
They might be, but even if they aren’t, it behooves the Nets to pretend there are serious suitors just for leverage with the Lakers. – 5:11 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
New for @The Athletic – Emergency Durant roundtable with @Sam Amick @Joe Vardon @Alex__Schiffer. What are Nets’ options, the complications of an Ayton sign-and-trade, would Miami really offer Jimmy Butler, what stars should other teams dangle, and more
theathletic.com/3393459/2022/0…5:10 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
We’re still going strong, reacting to the Kevin Durant trade request, the latest NBA free agency rumors and more: twitter.com/i/spaces/1ZkJz…5:09 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
If DeJounte Murray and Jrue Holiday can command three 1st round picks in their trades. How many 1st rounders (Not to mention actual useable players), will it take for some team to land Kevin Durant. This trade is going to likely to involve four teams. – 5:07 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Spurs got 3 first-round picks in the Dejounte Murray. Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, 3 firsts and 3 swaps for Kevin Durant. Ayton is better than the Suns would like you to think since they chose not to pay him. Bridges is a DPOY candidate. Johnson is a 3/D wing. – 5:07 PM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
Everything you need to know about the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, at @TheAthletic
Intel and insight on possible destinations, the Brooklyn fallout, the Kyrie Irving component and more, with @John Hollinger, @Joe Vardon and @Alex__Schiffer
theathletic.com/3393459/2022/0…5:06 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Nobody asked me, but I’d love to see KD for Zion and picks. – 5:03 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
I’m sorry KD did what now? – 5:00 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Tweet something KD – 4:59 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
pod on KD dropping soon – 4:58 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
We’re going live in 2 minutes on @PHNX_Suns to talk Kevin Durant and how it could happen! Join us:
https://t.co/JhV4dkWx4w pic.twitter.com/hHZdtq5yKx4:58 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I wanna see KD and Kyrie get traded together just to see how in the hell a team matches $79.5M in salary in a trade. – 4:56 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith says Heat “has assets that Brooklyn doesn’t particularly want” and that Durant “wants to be in” Phoenix, despite owning a home in Miami. – 4:56 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The “starting talks with Devin Booker” thing is a nonstarter. The Nets literally can’t trade for him with Ben Simmons still on the roster, and KD wanting to come to Phoenix most likely starts and ends with wanting to play with Book and Chris Paul – 4:55 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Zach Lowe wants Sean Marks calling Masai Ujiri about KD immediately pic.twitter.com/VY553Mgb9H4:54 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Worth noting that Kevin Durant selected Joel Embiid with his first pick of the 2022 All-Star draft. – 4:54 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
There is absolutely no reason for the Nets to accommodate KD and Kyrie by trading them to the same team and also no reason a team would want both of them. – 4:54 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
What your best pitch to Kevin Durant to get him to play for the Pelicans? – 4:52 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“The Nets need to do what is best for them”
@TermineRadio reacts to the massive breaking news of Kevin Durant requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets #NetsWorld pic.twitter.com/VD207ogThZ4:52 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
LaMelo Ball appears to be lobbying for the Hornets to acquire Kevin Durant, as others are likely doing with their respective teams: pic.twitter.com/OWrrtFcP1N4:52 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
If you are hesitating on a Kevin Durant trade you probably hesitated on the Chris Paul trade and you cannot be saved. – 4:52 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Veteran NBA scout sizes up key Heat players heading into this wonderful free agency and Durant chaos: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…4:51 PM
Jason Calmes @BourbonStShots
Re: KD to Pels, and what you’d give up.
There doesn’t have to be a “right answer.” Some people want to aim for a title and have more volatility in year to year results.
I’d prefer to aim to be consistently very good and hope we can get a lucky run or two towards title.
-MP – 4:48 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Nets front office/ownership lost Kevin Durant’s trust, as previously reported.
Kyrie’s negotiations certainly didn’t help, and KD had enough. – 4:47 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
What would a trade package for Kevin Durant look like?
We start with 🇨🇦
NBA Today youtu.be/9Sb97CQgXH4 via @YouTube4:46 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
“This gives the Lakers their best chance at Kyrie.”
On Kevin Durant’s desired landing spots in Phoenix and Miami, what Brooklyn will need to part with the Hall of Famer, and a how this could help Los Angeles’ quest to land Kyrie Irving, all at @BR_NBA: bleacherreport.com/articles/10040…4:44 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Brian Windhorst, on ESPN, says Durant is “focused” on landing in Phoenix, and that one reason KD requested the trade today (before start of FA) was so that DeAndre Ayton could be included in a potential trade package.
Windy notes KD’s relationship with CP3 and and Devin Booker. – 4:42 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
The Nets CAN get Bam Adebayo (if they trade Ben Simmons). When you get to moves as big as Kevin Durant, everything has to be on the table. – 4:41 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
“We’re that good”
Harden said on Jan 12 after the Nets, with KD/Kyrie, dominated the Bulls.
Just over 5 months later — Brooklyn’s title hopes are gone. This team packed more drama into 5 months than most teams do in 5 years. And the drama ultimately overwhelmed the organization – 4:37 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Windhorst says on NBA Today that Durant is focused on the Suns, with the Miami Heat also an interest. – 4:37 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
An interesting narrative is that the Nets can send KD anywhere because he has four years left on his contract. But if he can force his way out with four years left, then how exactly would there be comfort from an acquiring team not on his wish list? #PlayersLeague4:35 PM
Eric Patten @EricPatten
Now imagine if OKC brings KD back – 4:35 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
My mom is currently texting me about Kevin Durant #reporting4:34 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant – a PG County (Md.) product – has talked in the past about how the #Nets were the closest he’s been to home. His business (35 Ventures/Boardroom) is in NYC, he owns the Philadelphia Union in #MLS. #Sixers star Joel Embiid is a huge fan. Hmmm. #NBA #76ers – 4:34 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Kevin Durant wants out of Brooklyn. Why that’s great for the Rockets — for now. houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… via @houstonchron – 4:33 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
I also don’t understand why Durant signed a contract extension long before he had to and didn’t get a player option. – 4:32 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
From the inbox: Online sportsbook Bovada has some odds on Kevin Durant’s next team (https://t.co/ANeD61DWLG) pic.twitter.com/acmihKi9x44:31 PM

Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
Great point just made on ESPN by @Tim Bontemps. This Durant news will create some sort of a free agent logjam as teams wait for that show to drop. Another great point by Tim is that the Royce O’Neal trade is an indication the Nets are looking for some high level players for KD – 4:28 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Mavericks expected to “aggressively” pursue Kyrie Irving
sportando.basketball/en/mavericks-e…4:27 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
By now you know that Kevin Durant has requested a trade. What could the Heat offer the Nets for Durant? miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… More than half of the league has already called Brooklyn about Kevin Durant, per @Adrian Wojnarowski4:27 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant requests trade from #Nets in #NBA bombshell nypost.com/2022/06/30/kev… via @nypostsports4:26 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Is it possible the Nets front office made the O’Neale trade without knowing Kevin Durant was asking for a trade? – 4:23 PM
Dave Mason @DeuceMason
TOO MUCH GOING ON.
KD WANTS OUT?! Monk to the Kings?!
We’re going LIVE!
https://t.co/LLeLC2Zubn pic.twitter.com/Q85OSHBKdn4:22 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
I genuinely do not see a realistic Raptors-Nets trade that lands Kevin Durant in Toronto – 4:21 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
I would love the basketball fit of Durant on the Pelicans. – 4:21 PM
Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
I won’t feel badly for Any team that eventually trades for kyrie, they will get exactly what they deserve…they should know better – 4:20 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The moratorium can be annoying, but it does help with giving teams time to arrange deals in the proper order.
Order of operations matters a TON in the offseason. Doing a huge KD deal and having to lock in all the details immediately on the fly would be REALLY hard. – 4:19 PM
Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
If KD gets traded to Phoenix, has he played with every HOF PG in the league now? Oh missing Dame I guess. – 4:12 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Housekeeping item: If DA is involved in a KD trade (which he almost certainly would be), the team signing-and-trading for him is hardcapped and can’t exceed $157M in salary at any point.
So most of these Suns trades would have to go down BEFORE the Royce O’Neale deal is official – 4:11 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
On @TSN1050Radio talking Kevin Durant right now. – 4:11 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
every fan who is insisting their team couldn’t be better with Kevin Durant … i mean, come on – 4:10 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I don’t think, short of a surprising Golden State deal, any Kevin Durant trade creates an overwhelming title favorite.
Durant’s new team will definitely be high on the list, but no team with Durant becomes what the 2017 Warriors were or anything. – 4:09 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
One of many things affecting Heat’s Durant chances – and this organization lives for moments like this (Zo, Shaq, LeBron) – is whether Ayton would be agreeable to go to Brooklyn. If not, Heat could put together better offer, even without Bam. – 4:08 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Real talk, I do think the KD news could affect the #Pacers. They have the cap space to eat bad contracts and could therefore facilitate a trade while moving players they no longer want and collecting assets (young players/picks).
Season would be bad but beneficial long term. – 4:08 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
The big problem with any potential #Pistons pursuit of Kevin Durant is that they don’t have any big contracts to throw into the pot.
Kelly Olynyk ($12.8M) is the biggest contract, then Cade Cunningham at $10.6M. – 4:07 PM
Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
Durant asks for trade. Here’s your big chance, Sacramento! – 4:07 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
People were thinking Kevin Durant would be staying put in Brooklyn once Kyrie opted in to the final year of his contract with the Nets…
But KD decided to get a little “Rowdy” pic.twitter.com/UpGkHPie6n4:06 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
It’s not like he’d come here because the team isn’t close to winning, but if you were the #Hornets what specific package would you offer the #Nets for Kevin Durant? – 4:05 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Add Gallinari to the handful of Heat PF options if Tucker leaves as expected; he’s expected to be bought out by Spurs. The latest from our Heat/NBA free agency live blog, with Durant news and more: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…4:03 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Could the Clippers be in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes? He’s considered them before …
ocregister.com/2022/06/30/cou…4:03 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Alright, you know I had to do it.
Kevin Durant has requested a trade. What can the Sixers offer, and what’s the likelihood of it being the winning offer? phillyvoice.com/nba-trade-rumo…4:01 PM
Alex Raskin @RaskinDailyMail
Sacramento should offer a second-round pick and salary filler for Kyrie Irving just to see how mad the #Nets are at him – 4:00 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bulls cannot compete with package many teams can offer for KD. Just announce the LaVine max deal and try and take advantage of the KD fallout. – 3:59 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Have a story coming at @BR_NBA shortly, and we’re going live on @getcallin in just a few minutes.
Join us as the Kevin Durant trade sweepstakes commence: callin.com/link/EaFCnvABtD3:59 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
I’m on vacation.
Might as well keep having fun.
Saw Kevin Durant requesting trade as free agency set to launch at 6 p.m. ET.
Durant and Devin Booker won Olympic gold in Tokyo.
Could they win an #NBA title together, too?
What wound happen if they teamed up in Phoenix? #Suns pic.twitter.com/ViuXHMenAa3:59 PM

Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
With Kevin Durant’s trade request, Brooklyn #Nets immediately dropped from 7-1 to 25-1 to win 2023 #NBA championship. (Should be 100-1). #Clippers still co-favorites with #Warriors and #Suns for title. Durant remains 10-1 to win MVP. Kyrie Irving 100-1 and higher. – 3:58 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Memphis’ Ja Morant are all expected to verbally seal mammoth contract extensions soon after 6 PM ET tonight … for those tracking notable sidebars to the Kevin Durant Requests A Trade blockbuster. – 3:57 PM
Thaddeus Young @yungsmoove21
Quick power nap wake up and KD got them going crazy …WOW – 3:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Not reporting!!!
Masai Ujiri has never feared taking a homerun swing. I wouldn’t sleep on the Raptors for KD. – 3:53 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
The fallout from Kyrie Irving remaining unvaccinated has been remarkable, honestly. – 3:53 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
It’s gonna be tough for Lakers to get KD w unprotected firsts in 27&29, Russ and a production deal with Mav Carter, I think – 3:51 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
Got thoughts on the Kevin Durant trade request? The Nets? Kyrie Irving?
COME SHARE THEM WITH @HardwoodKnocks ⬇️
https://t.co/kDfeozzr1m pic.twitter.com/crX0mJcXZu3:50 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
somewhat lost amid all the kd chaos: the jazz just traded their best non-gobert defender without getting an actual player back.
solid news dumping by utah tbh. – 3:50 PM
Mike Mazzeo @MazzNYC
Title Futures: Nets now +1600 at FanDuel, +2500 at DraftKings and +3000 on Caesars. Obviously this is all subject to change depending on what the return is for Kevin Durant, and then whatever else they do … – 3:49 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
On @Sirius XM NBA now with @Rick Kamla quickly talking Kevin Durant’s trade request. – 3:49 PM
Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Next on NBA Today’s free agency special on ESPN2: @Bobby Marks joins us to outline where Kevin Durant could land and the packages that add up. – 3:49 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Could we see Kevin Durant in the Valley of the Sun?
@adaniels33 reacts to the news that the #Suns are one of KD’s preferred destinations. #NetsWorld #RallyTheValley pic.twitter.com/yY8jWq2R3Y3:49 PM

Kyle Ratke @Kyle_Ratke
Did nobody want to tell Sean Marks about Durant before HE TRADED A FIRST-ROUND PICK FOR ROYCE O’NEALE?! – 3:49 PM
Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
The latest on Kevin Durant requesting a trade from the Nets from @Adrian Wojnarowski.
Join us now on ESPN2 for our NBA Today Free Agency special as we break it all down. pic.twitter.com/dsRBjecW8S3:49 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Durant holds Bam in high regard, one of several reasons Miami would presumably be appealing to him. But without Butler included, a Heat package around Herro and 4 first-rounders (including Jovic) and cap facilitating contracts likely wouldn’t be enough to get Durant. – 3:47 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Woj, on ESPN, says “it’s likely that not only Kevin Durant, but also Kyrie Irving, has played his last game with Brooklyn.” – 3:47 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
From a Grizz perspective, everyone wants to do Durant deals without Bane or Jackson, and that’s technically doable. Realistically, to trump other offers + Durant’s preferences, Jackson probably has to be there. And even then it’s probably not most likely. – 3:47 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Celtics fans: Would you put Jaylen Brown in a deal for KD?
For me, depends what else Brad Stevens would have to give up. – 3:46 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Lol all those tweet drafts nba insiders had ready for 6pm just got deleted.
Nothing significant happens until a KD destination is picked. – 3:46 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
As a basketball fan, I’m rooting for Kevin Durant to end up in Portland.
Damian Lillard deserves this. – 3:46 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Perk opening his comments by saying “how proud I am of Kevin Durant” is quite a vibe – 3:44 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
“The Nets are moving Kevin Durant. They need a scoring forward. Sean Marks and I go way back. Let me talk to him.” pic.twitter.com/Qc2sNCfO1l3:44 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
More than half of the league has already called Brooklyn about Kevin Durant, @Adrian Wojnarowski just said on ESPN. Lol. – 3:43 PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Props to @Brian Windhorst for being all over the Nets stuff, from the Harden-Simmons deal to the franchise ready to accept losing KD for their hard stance with Kyrie. Windy knows, man! @ESPNNBA3:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Woj says that “more than half the league has called Brooklyn about acquiring Kevin Durant”. – 3:42 PM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
The Lakers getting Kyrie is now (as @Brian Windhorst has repeatedly said) a *very* real possibility.
Brooklyn doesn’t want him w/o Durant & there is going to be very little market for him unless it’s somewhere he wants to go. I’d imagine he ends up in DAL or LA. – 3:42 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
With Simmons needed to be sent out (to Heat or elsewhere) in any Bam/Nets deal, one HYPOTHETICAL permutation that would work within cap rules is Durant/Simmons for Bam, Herro, Lowry, Robinson and three first-rounders (including Jokic). – 3:41 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Kevin Durant once called Mark Cuban an idiot (after Cuban said Durant’s then-teammate Russell Westbrook wasn’t a superstar), but Durant always has been complimentary of @Dirk Nowitzki and Dallas fans. And who wouldn’t want to play with Doncic? (Other than Brunson, apparently). – 3:41 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Congrats to Kyrie Irving, who has now killed his third organization … and counting … – 3:41 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
Someone what help me out. Why did the Nets trade a first rounder for Royce O’Neal knowing they’re about to trade Kevin Durant and essentially begin a rebuild? – 3:41 PM
Kyle Ratke @Kyle_Ratke
I’m ready for the “Let me tell why why the Nets will BE BETTER without Kevin Durant – coming up after the commercial break” takes. – 3:40 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Kyrie Irving is priority No. 1 for the Lakers right now, but…
I’ve settled on Mo Bamba as my favorite MLE target. I want to protect AD’s health by playing him at PF, but I also just think AD is gonna defend top wings better in the playoffs than any MLE player they could target – 3:38 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
On Kevon Looney, Isaiah Hartenstein, Mo Bamba and other bigs the Suns should target with the MLE (which might be more relevant if KD happens and Deandre Ayton is sign-and-traded away): bit.ly/3Paxucb3:38 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Kevin Durant and Bo Cruz front-court in Miami? – 3:38 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
One surefire way to take yourself out of the Kevin Durant stakes is to trade all your draft capital for Dejounte Murray and Jock Landale half an hour later. – 3:37 PM
Payal Doshi @PayalDoshiTV
Can’t the Raptors just be a dark horse in the KD sweepstakes? #NBAFreeAgency3:37 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Lol the Kevin Durant news crashed the Fanspo trade machine pic.twitter.com/YSp7g6pzt03:35 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Kyrie: “I’m staying with the Nets.”
KD: pic.twitter.com/aP69QhbWVR3:35 PM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
So, let’s say the Nets trade Kyrie then trade Durant but not to Portland.
Then the Nets decide to deal Ben Simmons.
Should the Blazers get in on that? I say, absolutely. But DO NOT give up Anfernee Simons.
He is cheaper, a shooter, more mature and uses up one less m. – 3:34 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Chris and I talked Durant trades and hypotheticals on the pod. podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…3:34 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
After watching Celtics-Nets in the first round, I am not surprised Kevin Durant looked at everything around him and thought “nahhhhhhhhhh.” – 3:34 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Kevin Durant 6 days ago on his podcast: “There’s a lot of uncertainty with our team. I understand why so much noise around us but as individuals just control what you can and move forward. When the time’s right everything will work out for itself.” – 3:33 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
But what team possibly has enough assets and cap space to trade for Kevin Durant?!? pic.twitter.com/OmPydgUOd83:33 PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
If you’re the Nets, and KD wants to go to Phoenix, don’t you start the conversation with Devin Booker? I’m sending you one of the three best players in the game. Don’t offer me your supporting cast players! FOH – 3:31 PM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
LeBron & AD, PG13 & Kawhi, and KD & Kyrie teamed up in the same Summer.
The Lakers have been largely pilloried by the media in this era. They also won a Championship.
Meanwhile, KD/Kyrie & Kawhi/PG13 played a combined ZERO (0) Finals, or even Conference Finals, games together. – 3:31 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
So is now the time to have the Kyrie Irving talk again or not yet – 3:30 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
KD wants out… yes it’s worse than 12-70 #Nets twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…3:30 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Free agent movement has just been hi-jacked by KD. There is not one untouchable piece in the Bulls organization – player, coach, front office, PR – that shouldn’t be included in a deal if you’re AK. Not one. Three years of KD is better than 5 years of any Bull. – 3:30 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
The absolutely hilarious part is the Warriors are actually the team positioned to make the best offer for Durant – 3:30 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Most fun KD trade outcomes for all of us just from a HOLY SHIT standpoint…
1. Zion/Pels
2. AD/Lakers
3. Knicks
4. OKC
5. Boston
Finishing last… Sacramento – 3:28 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Heat convos went from Otto Porter to Kevin Durant so quick LOL – 3:27 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
What’s your package for Durant? – 3:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
My take on Kevin Durant’s list of teams:
That’s nice, but the Nets have to make the best trade for the Nets. They have no reason to move KD to a team offering a lesser package to make him happy. This is your one, best chance to fully reset everything. Nets have to get it right. – 3:27 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Haven’t done any salary math, but Vuc, Patrick Williams, Portland’s 1st, a #Bulls 1st and any other player on the roster Brooklyn wants, Durant is about to turn 34 – 3:26 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Durant playoff win% with Steph:
— 78.6%
Kyrie playoff win% with LeBron:
— 75.0%
Durant playoff win% with Kyrie:
— 46.2% pic.twitter.com/jzuyz7632n3:26 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
No contact with the Nets from Durant and Irving since Kyrie opted into his deal
sportando.basketball/en/no-contact-…3:26 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
I do enjoy that in 11 months we’ve gone from “They took WHO over Jalen Suggs?” to “Scottie Barnes is untouchable, even for Kevin Durant.”
None of that is even wrong necessarily, it’s just a hell of a development. – 3:25 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
We’ve got:
@Chris Haynes reporting Kevin Durant has the Suns as his preferred destination
@Quinton Mayo reporting Deandre Ayton to the Suns rumors
– Myself among others reporting Kyrie Irving’s interest in going to the Lakers
What an organizational fumble. – 3:25 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Kevin Durant made the trade request directly to Nets owner Joe Tsai today, sources tell ESPN. – 3:25 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Would hope the Nets faithful are willing to move off of Kyrie hill now. – 3:25 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Talking to folks around the NBA the belief is that everything is going to pause with the opening of free agency until Kevin Durant’s next home is decided. Every team and player will sit mostly still until Durant is traded. Then the flood will happen. – 3:25 PM
Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Kevin Durant shakes things up before the free agency period begins #miamiheat si.com/nba/heat/miami…3:24 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
Maybe just keep KD and use the stretch provision on Kyrie. – 3:24 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving trade rumors shuffle equation for Heat, NBA ahead of free agency. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…3:24 PM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Kevin Durant ranks 4th all-time in points per game and 1st among active players. He has averaged 25 points in every season of his career except his rookie year.
Most Career PPG
Michael Jordan: 30.1
Wilt Chamberlain: 30.1
Elgin Baylor: 27.4
Kevin Durant: 27.2
LeBron James: 27.1 – 3:24 PM
Frank Isola @TheFrankIsola
Now we know why Kevin Durant had been so quiet the last few days and why he danced around the Kyrie situation on his “new media” podcast. – 3:24 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Gotta think Kyrie trades are back on the table as well. – 3:23 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Now on @SpotifyLive talking Kevin Durant and what’s next: spotifylive.link/NDKktXOXhrb3:22 PM
Alex Raskin @RaskinDailyMail
Never forget: #Nets signed an over-the-hill DeAndre Jordan to a four-year, $40 million deal before benching and trading Jarrett Allen to convince Durant and Irving to sign in Brooklyn. This team scuttled its own rebuilding plan for a Durant/Irving combo and got NOTHING. – 3:22 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
Sneak peak at the 2022/23 Phoenix Suns led by Chris Paul and Kevin Durant pic.twitter.com/WHnNBWeg6I3:22 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
The Nets got Kevin Durant and proceeded to make mistakes every step of the way. – 3:22 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Kevin Durant requests trade from Brooklyn Nets nj.com/sports/2022/06…3:22 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Miami has to unprotect their 2025 1st round pick they owe OKC if they want to send Brooklyn picks for KD.
Sam Presti may ask for additional compensation on top of unprotecting the pick because adding KD makes the pick worse. – 3:22 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets😱
basketnews.com/news-174405-ke…3:21 PM
Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
At the age of 33, Kevin Durant produced so much that his $42 million salary was a moneymaker for the Nets.
He’s owed close to $200 million in the years to come, though, ending when he’s 37.
What’s this analysis based on? More here, free:
https://t.co/piSbIkkKck pic.twitter.com/wXzxBx0IQn3:21 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Durant asks for trade; Heat is on his list and Miami is obviously interested in Durant. But Phoenix – also on Durant’s list – has more good young assets to offer because of an arcane cap rule restricting Adebayo’s trade availability to Brooklyn: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…3:20 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Kevin Durant is asking for a trade so what exactly does that mean for the Celtics offseason? A first look at new trade options, Brooklyn’s potential demands and much more masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…3:20 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
My answer to any question on a trade package for Kevin Durant pic.twitter.com/4f0Q7KrjJn3:19 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
What would a Kevin Durant trade look like? What kind of package would it take to land him?
@NekiasNBA recently broke it down and looked at potential destinations for KD: basketballnews.com/stories/nba-tr…3:19 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Mindblowing! Kevin Durant is setting to leave Brooklyn and he gonna change the upcoming season overall. This off-season belongs to KD from today. Phoenix, Miami or elsewhere maybe. #NBAFreeAgency
sdna.gr/mpasket/980653…3:18 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Kevin Durant requests trade from Nets, prefers Suns or Heat nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/30/rep…3:17 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
¿Por qué sonríe este señor? Si estás en sus zapatos de lujo, ¿qué entregarías a cambio de Kevin Durant? (creatividad pero con decencia, por favor) pic.twitter.com/yT0vBOtOL53:16 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Kyrie: “See you in the fall!!”
KD:
pic.twitter.com/X6MKmW4eEi3:15 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Best the Heat can do right now is Lowry, Herro, mix of young guys (Vincent, Strus, Yurt) and three first-round picks (plus swaps). It’s possible they could reroute Lowry to a third team to have younger players go back to BKN, but not sure how many teams are helping Riley land KD – 3:13 PM
Adam Lauridsen @GSWFastBreak
Suns working to land KD like… pic.twitter.com/PXifNUSsby3:13 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Funniest places the Nets can trade Kevin Durant to, ranked:
1. OKC – 3:13 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Remember how 2014 free agency ground to a halt while the whole league waited for LeBron?
Yea, I have to imagine 2022 free agency does the same thing for Durant. Maybe Brunson still goes to the Knicks quickly, but a lot of the other big fish are gonna have to wait for KD. – 3:13 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
The Wolves have to look at the possibilities here. If you can pair KD with KAT and Ant, you do it. Realistic? Unlikely.
But it may be time revisit the Ben Simmons discussions as well. – 3:12 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Bane, Zaire, Brooks, Adams’ expiring and future firsts for KD … who says no?
I just want him to go to a fun team we wouldn’t expect. – 3:12 PM
Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
KD reading all y’all tweets right now too lol – 3:12 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Predictions:
– Kevin Durant to the Suns.
– Kyrie Irving to the Lakers.
– Ben Simmons to the Wolves.
– The most insane Western Conference we’ve ever seen. – 3:11 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
With 4 years left on KD’s deal, and his likely destinations being very unlikely to have the best trade package, this will be our biggest test ever of player empowerment. How much can he control his destination given the duration of the contract? – 3:11 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
So, um, who does Kyrie get sent to after? – 3:11 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
KEVIN DURANT MAY BE ON THE MOVE: twitter.com/i/spaces/1ZkJz…3:11 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Could DeRozan, Durant and LaVine win a title? #Bulls3:10 PM
Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
KD/Book/CP3 is a bomb squad – 3:10 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
the most diabolical outcome to this whole thing is the nets asking kd for his list of preferred trade destinations *specifically* so they can send him somewhere that’s not on it pic.twitter.com/fiPvjXncO23:09 PM

Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
Kyrie: “See you in the fall. A11even.”
KD: “Wellllll…” – 3:09 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Ultimately, I don’t think I’m moving Barnes + necessary salaries (OG + GTG?) and picks for Durant. But this is one of the best top 12 players of all time who is currently one of the five best players on the planet. You talk about it. – 3:08 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
This could really be insane
The Heat miss out on everybody
But now sit a big time package away from a top 3 player in the world: Kevin Durant
Bam Adebayo can’t be offered in this deal due to contracts with Ben Simmons
So it’s time for madness – 3:08 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
If Brooklyn really wants picks for Durant, Houston is like, a generational winner today.
If the Nets go in the tank to try to come away with a remotely decent pick through their swap rights with the Rockets next year, Houston’s odds are Victor Wembanyama go up significantly. – 3:07 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
UCLA has inquired about Kevin Durant for its move to the Big Ten more at 11 – 3:07 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
I still wanna see Durant go back to OKC. It would just be amazing to me. He could literally rewrite his legacy on the fly, going almost the same route that LeBron did to bring a title to the team that drafted him (well, the zombie Sonics) after rings elsewhere. Not happening tho – 3:06 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Durant didn’t get a player option on the final year of that four-year extension, which always struck me. Not sure why it amounted like that, but normally someone of his stature gets every bit of player-friendliness on a deal. Locked in for 4 years now as Nets look for a trade. – 3:06 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
I don’t know the inner workings of the Durant and Nets relationship, but I do know if he’s asking out now after kyrie opted in, I think I’d be searching for the best offer, not satisfying Durant’s wish list. – 3:05 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
COULD HAVE BEEN: Kyrie, KD, Harden.
ACTUALLY IS: Kyrie, Ben Simmons, Royce O’Neale, and Iunno, Duncan Robinson? – 3:05 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Durant in the playoffs for the Nets:
— 32.3 PPG
— 8.4 RPG
— 4.9 APG
— 49/39/88%
7 wins. 9 losses. pic.twitter.com/4aR7Cry5p93:05 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
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. – 3:04 PM
Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Just to get this out of the way:
Yes, of course you would trade Tyrese Maxey for Kevin Durant. Tyrese Maxey would trade Tyrese Maxey for Kevin Durant.
Also: you don’t get Kevin Durant unless he says “I want to go to Philadelphia.” – 3:04 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Ayton BYC issues don’t go away because KD asked for a trade. – 3:04 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Kyrie: “We’re gonna have a special season. I just know it.”
KD:
pic.twitter.com/NIi4LpqU5n3:04 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
i would trade anthony davis for kevin durant in two seconds if i was the lakers. the nba needs this. – 3:03 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Phoenix and Miami are among two of the teams that Kevin Durant has on his wish list, sources tell ESPN, but the Nets plan to move Durant where they can get the best possible deal. With four years on his contract, there’s no shortage of teams willing to unload assets for Durant. – 3:03 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
The outline for a trade for a star has been roughly a promising young potential All-Star plus several 1st round picks and also some pick swaps. Obviously there hasn’t been anyone on the trade market as good as Kevin Durant. How many teams can check off all those marks right now? – 3:02 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Kevin Durant wants to leave a contender to join the team that won far more regular-season games than any other before losing a Game 7 to an inferior playoff opponent. Sounds familiar. – 3:02 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Here are Kevin Durant’s remaining contract numbers … and you know what — it doesn’t even matter.
Every team will tear up the roster to get KD. I love free agency. pic.twitter.com/H5mfuIMtRg3:00 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Kyrie: “Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow. I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall.”
Durant: pic.twitter.com/Ej2UKgcJlz3:00 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Did some potential KD trades last week w/ @Bobby Marks on the Lowe Post podcast — including PHX deals that are somewhat complicated by the hard cap in the event Brooklyn acquires Ayton in a sign-and-trade.
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bob…3:00 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Players to average 50/40/85% or better over the last 2 seasons:
— Kevin Durant
He was one free throw off from going 50/40/90%. pic.twitter.com/w1JtiZt5B73:00 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Heat (and a ton of teams) had been preparing for a run at Durant. Kyrie opted in. Things paused. It’s back on. – 2:59 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
New Orleans. Landing spot for Durant. Calling it now. – 2:59 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
– USC and UCLA are looking to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten.
– Kevin Durant has officially requested a trade to leave Brooklyn.
My Fourth of July weekend plans: pic.twitter.com/f0v3DokLyy2:59 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
KD gonna join a 73 win team and a 64 win team lol – 2:59 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Make your prediction now. Where’s KD going? – 2:58 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
On Monday, as the league prepared for Kevin Durant to potentially request a trade during the Kyrie opt-in saga, Phoenix and Miami were often mentioned as the All-Star’s perceived favorite landing spots. – 2:58 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Here are the list of players to pick from if you are the Nets in a Durant package.
Remember that the Thunder received 5 first rd. picks, 2 years of pick swaps and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Paul George back in 2019.
espn.com/nba/insider/in…2:58 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
KD to Portland for Simons, Sharpe and a first every other year until 2035 … who says no? – 2:57 PM
Kyle Ratke @Kyle_Ratke
KD landing spots? Boston, LAC, Miami — feels like it should be easier to find a match. – 2:57 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Kevin Durant has the Phoenix Suns listed as a preferred trade destination, league sources tell @YahooSports. – 2:57 PM
Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Kyrie: I’m renewing my commitment to the Brooklyn Nets.
Simmons: I might be ready to maybe take a jump shot.
KD: I’m out. – 2:57 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
FWIW, the Royce trade has been in the works for at least a couple of days, so I don’t know that it’s related to the Kevin Durant news. – 2:57 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Wherever KD goes, he gotta go back to 35 🔥. – 2:57 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
KD when Kyrie said he’s coming back pic.twitter.com/Df9hZb0HUw2:57 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
As the Nets prepare to move one of the most valuable trade assets ever on the market, the entire roster will available to discuss in deals, sources tell ESPN. Teams have been calling on Durant, and the Nets will certainly look for a historic return on players and draft picks. – 2:56 PM
Howard Chen @TheHoChen
Just your normal (COMPLETELY SARCASTIC) day: UCLA/USC about to leave the Pac12 and KD requests a trade. Gotcha. – 2:56 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Kevin Durant has four years and $197.6M left on his deal.
And everyone will be lining up the best possible they can to trade for him. – 2:56 PM
Alexis Morgan @alexismorgan
every nba player and their mother going to be calling kd from the parking lot rn – 2:55 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, league sources confirm. – 2:55 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kevin Durant put up crazy numbers for Nets:
28.7 PPG
7.3 RPG
6.1 APG
53/41/90%
In 90 games. pic.twitter.com/uTqGQI3VFT2:55 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Also, that Brooklyn first round might not be too bad if KD is gone. – 2:55 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving didn’t last together? Wow! Who would have thought! – 2:54 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Man if you thought yesterday was crazy… let me tell you about that one time Kevin Durant decided to switch teams. – 2:54 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
The eventual KD trade package is going to be insane! – 2:54 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
two days ago: Dare to be different. Here to finish what I started with 7.
KD: pic.twitter.com/a6Lvpdvmic2:53 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kevin Durant played 15 more regular season games with the Brooklyn Nets than Paul Pierce pic.twitter.com/MFYn0ltIph2:52 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Kyrie opts in and KD still wants out. Incredible. With four years left on his deal and Durant, at 34, still playing at an MVP level, Brooklyn could — and should — get back one of the largest trade packages in NBA history. – 2:52 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
If you’re wondering what a Suns-Nets trade for Kevin Durant might look like, I threw out a few options here (bit.ly/3GsnHe1) and at the beginning of this one here (bit.ly/39Z0AMo) – 2:51 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Earthquake hits NBA 3:10 before free agency. Good luck topping the Durant news, free agents. – 2:51 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Kevin Durant has informed the Brooklyn Nets that he wants to be traded, league sources confirmed to @YahooSports. – 2:51 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
So, how bout this KD thing, yeah? – 2:51 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
I guess Kyrie opting in didn’t mean anything after all for the Nets. – 2:50 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
There’s always that one name that comes out of nowhere
That name is Kevin Durant – 2:50 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks is working with Kevin Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman on finding a trade for the franchise star, Kleiman tells ESPN. – 2:49 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Kevin Durant has requested a trade out of Brooklyn, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 2:49 PM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving is out there at odds as high as 150-1 for MVP. If he is throwing lobs to Ayton …
sidelines.io/nba/can-kyrie-…9:29 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Game Theory Podcast: @dieter is here! Some Pre-Free Agency stuff
-Dejounte Murray to ATL!
-What does a potential Jalen Brunson to NYK fit look like?
-Kyrie and Harden options!
-My love for the movie Interceptor!
APPLE: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gam…
WATCH: youtube.com/watch?v=QSGIIO…9:08 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
GAME THEORY PODCAST LIVE! @dieter IS BACK!
We run through all the NBA madness across the league.
-Dejounte Murray deal
-Jalen Brunson
-Kyrie back to Brooklyn
-James Harden taking less?
-Wiz/Nuggets deal
-John Wall!
WATCH LIVE IN 10 MINUTES: https://t.co/Af08xrSaAl pic.twitter.com/ARIle68UnJ12:11 AM

Lang Greene @LangGreene
Crazy. The two teams KD and Kyrie CHOSE to LEAVE, willingly, just got finished battling in the NBA Finals. – 11:27 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
For the sickos who like to watch, Wednesday’s @LockedOnLakers pod, YouTube version. We talk with @Jovan Buha about Russ opting in, the possibility of still trading him, the Lakers-Kyrie talks, Malik Monk’s future and more. @LockedOnNBAPods @LockedOnNetwork
youtu.be/17BqAWo8vlw?t=…6:26 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets sold Patty Mills as a culture-driver last season. Tough to see him go. He posted a career-high 11.4 PPG last season but was worn down by the minutes played in the absence of Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Great get by @Brian Lewis6:01 PM

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Tommy Beer: Brian Windhorst reports, on ESPN’s Free Agency special, that Kyrie Irving is “focused” on joining the Lakers, adding, “Kyrie to the Lakers is very much back alive.” -via Twitter @TommyBeer / June 30, 2022

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