A month after the request, no such offer has materialized. Durant’s preferred Phoenix Suns likely don’t have enough to land him now that DeAndre Ayton is off of the table until January by virtue of the offer sheet he has already signed. The Miami Heat are similarly light on assets, and while the Boston Celtics have emerged with a surprising offer built around Jaylen Brown, the two sides have not yet come close to a deal. Unless something changes between now and training camp, those offers are unlikely to improve.

But according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Nets have not given up hope on an alternative: that Durant will retract his trade request knowing that there isn’t a viable move available to him. It is not known at this stage whether or not Durant might consider that option, but according to Marc Stein, he is still seeking a trade out of Brooklyn. Perhaps another month or two without a trade could change his mind.

If Durant does return to Brooklyn, he’d be playing for a fairly strong team. The Nets still have Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons. Joe Harris and Seth Curry will presumably be healthier. Nic Claxton and Patty Mills were re-signed, and the Nets took a high-risk, high-reward gamble on TJ Warren that could give them another starting-caliber player on the wing. It is entirely reasonable to suggest that the Nets could be stronger than some of the teams trying to trade for Durant should he decide to remain in Brooklyn.


Courtesy: CBS Sports


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