Kevin Durant and Brooklyn Nets’ trading situation took a recent turn with news that the 12-time All-Star is likely to sit down with Nets team owner Joe Tsai this week. The news was first reported by Heavy’s own Steve Bulpett, who shared quotes from competitive sources about the upcoming meeting.
“What I hear is that KD has a meeting with the owner this week,” a competition source told Heavy Sports. “It’s going straight to the owner, Joe Tsai, sometime this week. We’ll see how that works.”
Whether this means Durant will withdraw his trade proposal and be ready for a training camp as Brooklyn hopes is open to interpretation until the meeting takes place. It remains unclear what Durant’s future will be with the Nets. Maybe, like Kyrie Irving, he decides to repeat it at least next year in Brooklyn, or maybe trade talks are pushed to the February trade deadline.
Anyway, an Eastern Conference executive recently told Heavy’s Sean Deveney that the Nets have teams where they want them in trade talks and even named a three-time All-Star to the Phoenix Suns.
Devin Booker Named in Trading Opportunities
Discussing the current status of trade talks, the league director told Deveney that due to recent reports, teams looking to add Durant will likely need to increase their offer to do so, and the executive cited Devin Booker as a possible player to be offered. .
“The Nets got them to try and get them, which is, ‘Okay, do we include Bam (Adebayo) in one of these packs?’ The young players, Tyler Herro, the choices they have, Durant won’t make it. Adebayo will. When things came out about Jaylen Brown, it was aimed at a team like Miami, letting them know to add Bam, and let Phoenix know to add (Devin) Booker. If the package is Bam and some of their bank pieces and three guitar picks, the Nets may not do any better than that,” the Eastern Conference director said.
It is important to note that Booker will not be able to make any more transactions for a year after that signing of the four-year supermax extension with the Phoenix Suns. Maybe the director forgot about Booker’s renewal in the busy off-season or maybe this could be a future deal. After all, Durant still has four years left on his contract, and the Nets aren’t obligated to negotiate him this year, and maybe they’ll give their core of Durant, Irving, and Ben Simmons a year as an experiment to see what they can do.
Nets Durant Asking price
Booker would fit Nets’ asking price in Durant deals with a current NBA All-Star, and the Suns should probably include another rotational player and draft picks, but Durant with Chris Paul and some of the other young and developing pieces in Phoenix would be interesting. Perhaps after another year, Phoenix will be more tempted to swap their young star.