Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, according to a person with first-hand knowledge of the seismic decision that will no doubt have teams scrambling to put together huge offers for the perennial All-Star.
The Nets have been working with Durant to find a business partner, and he has several teams on his favorite list, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Thursday because neither the player nor Brooklyn disclosed any details. details publicly.
ESPN first reported Durant’s trade demand, citing Phoenix and Miami as two of his favorite destinations.
Durant is a 12-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, three-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time NBA champion. He also has four years and nearly $200 million left on his contract, meaning it may take multiple players, draft picks, or possibly both for a team to acquire him.
Durant spent three seasons with Brooklyn, not playing the first of those years as he recovered from a torn Achilles. He averaged 29.9 points in 55 games last season, after leading the United States to Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games last summer.
Durant’s news came three days after Kyrie Irving decided to exercise his $37 million option to stay with Brooklyn this upcoming season.
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