NBA bombshell: Kevin Durant asks Brooklyn Nets to trade him
Nets star Kevin Durant made the seismic move on Thursday of asking the team to trade him, which will devastate the team and rock the NBA as a whole.
After 14 seasons, Durant hasn’t missed any games because of a torn Achilles tendon. During his career, he has averaged 27.2 points per game, which is only bettered by LeBron James’ 27.3 points per game.
With his 6-foot-10 frame making his jump shot nearly unstoppable by any defender, Durant remains one of the best players in the game even at his advanced age — he will turn 34 on Sept. 29, around the time training camps open this fall.
Durant spent three seasons with the Nets, the first of those years in which he didn’t participate because of an Achilles injury. After leading the United States to Olympic glory in Tokyo last summer, he played in 55 games last season, averaging 29.9 points per game.
In a move first reported by The Athletic and confirmed by The Post, Durant requested a trade three years after joining the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan. It’s a mistake that the Durant-Irving partnership has ended after just 44 regular-season games, one playoff series win, and no rings.
NBA star Kevin Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman have agreed to work with the Brooklyn GM, Sean Marks, to help find a new team for the best player on the planet. However, Marks’ history of building Brooklyn from the ground up suggests that he will trade Durant for the best deal.
To request a trade, Durant personally called Nets owner Joe Tsai, citing Irving’s deteriorating relationship with the team as the reason for his request. Irving reluctantly agreed to stay for the final $36.5 million of his contract after threatening to opt-out and leave for nothing — and implying that Durant could follow him out the door if he left.
But now that Irving has decided to join the team, neither Marks nor the team’s front office has had any contact with either player since then. Although the market for Irving is not as strong as it is for Durant, it’s almost sure that the Nets will try to move Irving as well. On behalf of Durant, Brooklyn is likely to demand top dollar.