Kevin Durant trade rumors: Grizzlies have raised ‘new questions’ about Nets superstar, per report

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The Brooklyn Nets are no closer to trading superstar Kevin Durant, but the number of investigative teams seems to be growing. When Durant made his trade request hours before the start of NBA Free Agency on June 30, the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat were his two favorite destinations. Both teams face obstacles to land the two-time champion. The Suns can’t get Deandre Ayton into a deal until January, and the Heat can’t send Bam Adebayo to Brooklyn because of the Designated Rookie Rule.

The teams considered “serious threats” to land Durant are the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and the Heat, according to Shams Charania. The Celtics offered Brooklyn a trade package from Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first round draft pick to Brooklyn in July, but Brooklyn is clearly looking for a more significant deal. The Raptors are interested but have declined to include reigning Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes in the deal. The Philadelphia 76ers have also expressed interest, and Durant reportedly views Philly as a favorable destination.

The list of interested teams that can make a deal continues to grow, and the latest franchise to enter the Durant sweepstakes is the Memphis Grizzlies, who, according to Charania, have raised “new questions” about the superstar forward. Memphis makes sense as a trading partner for the Nets, given that the team has a wealth of young, talented players that Brooklyn could build around. However, Charania reports that the Grizzlies are unwilling to part with Jaren Jackson Jr at this time. or Desmond Bane, and prefer to center a trading package around draft picks. Memphis can offer up to five first-round picks, four of which are unprotected, and still include players like Brandon Clarke and Ziaire Williams.

But we already know that the Nets don’t want a trading package centered around just high-quality role players and a slew of choices. It was reported that when the Nets and Suns discussed trading packages, Brooklyn said any deal with Phoenix should start with Devin Booker. Brooklyn has insisted it wants to be competitive this season, and the asking price for Durant is All-Star talent, quality role-playing players and draft picks, according to Charania. If that’s the barometer for the Nets, then it sounds like Memphis Jackson Jr. would have to pick up to move the needle, and that assumes Brooklyn Jackson Jr. so appreciates that he is okay with being the center of a subject.

There’s about a month left until training camp, and as that date approaches, teams could ease their stance on certain players to land Durant. But for now, it sounds like teams are still playing hard with Brooklyn.


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