Kevin Durant’s future no closer to being resolved four weeks on from trade request
It has been four weeks since Kevin Durant requested a trade out of Brooklyn, yet the two-time NBA champion is no closer to knowing where he will play next season.
Durant is under contract with the Brooklyn Nets for another four years, yet he has requested a trade, three years after joining them in free agency. The former Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder forward will earn $42.9million on the court in 2022/23, which obviously means any trade will be a monstrous one at the very least.
Why has no team jumped on the chance to prise him away from the Nets?
The Boston Celtics have emerged as a serious possibility as a landing spot for Kevin Durant, per @ShamsCharania— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) July 25, 2022
“They have tremendous interest in bringing him in and view him as a piece that could take them over that final hurdle.” pic.twitter.com/4A5LPha4wX
Furthermore, what's to say he won't want out of his new team next summer if they fail to win a title next season?
Asking out of Brooklyn shocked everyone and was definitely unexpected. This, on top of his surprising decision to join the Warriors in 2016, means he is a very unpredictable player, and despite being in the top five players on the planet, any team runs a huge risk if they give up their whole bench and a star to bring him in.
Realistically, where could Durant go?
The Boston Celtics have already sent a pretty appealing package to the Nets, but it was turned down.
Their offer was centered around one-time All-Star, Jaylen Brown, who can become a free agent and earn a lot more money elsewhere in two years' time; meaning the Nets might not want to take him on as the centerpiece of a trade, which is understandable given the fact they might only get two years of service out of him.
The Nets are behaving very maturally and taking their time to solve this one out.
The best-case scenario for them is that Durant changes his mind and fights for a championship alongside Kyrie Irving next season, which could feasibly happen.