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The Chicago Bulls have officially thrown their hat into the sweepstakes for superstar forward Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets, per the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley. Durant informed Brooklyn of his desire to be traded on June 30, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he also provided a list of teams.

While Chicago was not among them, the Bulls did have the fourth-best odds of landing the 2013 NBA MVP in a trade, per POINSTBET.

None of that precluded NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson from reporting on the “best potential” trade package the Bulls could put together to land Durant. The goal, of course, is to still have enough to compete for a title.

A K.C. Masterpiece

Johnson notes that, while Durant put the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns atop his destination wishlist, the Nets do not have to oblige. He also notes that Brooklyn would be asking for a “monumental” return and that a deal for Durant is “highly unlikely”.

Still, the Bulls have to do their due diligence.

The first package includes the Bulls’ leading scorer, DeMar DeRozan, along with Alex Caruso, and the highly-protected Patrick Williams. It also includes the first-round pick owed to the Bulls by the Portland Trail Blazers.

A similar package was proposed by The Ringer’s Ryen Russilo during the June 23 episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast”.

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Johnson’s other proposal went in a more future-oriented direction.

He again offers up Williams. But he added Coby White who, in the first scenario, he offered as an alternative for Caruso. In place of DeRozan, Johnson included center Nikola Vucevic while noting that Brooklyn can flip the latter’s expiring contract at next year’s trade deadline.

Both deals are clear efforts to ensure Durant is paired with Bulls star Zach LaVine.

The two-time All-Star agreed to a max contract worth up to $215 million, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania on July 1, the first official day of free agency.

Durant and LaVine became close during their gold medal-winning tour with Team USA at the 2020 Olympics.

Not All News Is Good News

Johnson explains that the Bulls’ chances of landing Durant are slim noting that they cannot trade their own first-round pick due to the Stepien Rule until 2028, as CBS Sports’ Sam Quinn broke down.

A team must be guaranteed to own a pick every other year. As far as the Stepien Rule is concerned, if a team might not own a first-round pick in a given season, it doesn’t own a pick in that season. This matters because the overwhelming majority of first-round picks traded nowadays carry multi-year protections. Let’s use Portland as an example here. The Blazers owe only a single first-round pick to Chicago. However, that pick has protections that stretch from 2022 through 2028. That means that they cannot trade a single first-round pick between now and then because they might owe a pick in any one of those seasons.

There is also the matter of teams such as the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans who have a mix of young players and draft picks to offer up.

Johnson notes early on that “all 29” other teams should be expected to inquire about Durant.

Seeing the Potential Bright Side

The Bulls’ chances, however dim, are not zero. They could still offer a mix of win-now pieces, though, Johnson notes including LaVine is a longshot but that he was still their best tradeable asset Durant’s fondness aside.

Likewise, Memphis and New Orleans could balk at the Nets’ asking price.

Their efforts to put forth a contender included rookie super max extensions for Ja Morant and Zion Williamson, respectively.

During the July 1 episode of “The Hoop Collective” podcast with Brian Windhorst, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps was adamant that the Heat’s best offer would not interest the Heat. Windhorst expressed a similar sentiment in regards to the Suns’ offer.

Can Bulls realistically trade for Kevin Durant? Latest on Zach LaVine | NBC Sports ChicagoOn Unfiltered, NBC Sports Chicago's Bulls Insider K.C. Johnson joins the show to talk about the latest in NBA Free Agency. Can the Bulls realistically put together a trade package for Kevin Durant since he requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets? What pieces would the Bulls have to give up to land Durant? And…2022-06-30T23:57:07Z

Bontemps said the same of the Bulls’ potential offer. But the gap between them and the top destinations on Durant’s list might not be as wide as assumed.

Durant has spoken highly of the Bulls’ direction and the Nets front office is working with him on a new destination, per Wojnarowski.

The Nets are an example of what can happen when teams go all-in for a super team and things go awry. But that is rightfully not enough to deter the Bulls from at least kicking the tires on a potential deal.

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Real Housewives Star Says Shes Concerned About Sutton Stracke

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Sutton Stracke was called out by Erika Jayne as a “liability” in terms of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star’s friendship with Garcelle Beauvais. Now, newbie Sheree Zampino shared that she also expressed her own doubts about Stracke and Beauvais’ friendship.

“Erika has her opinion, I’m not going to use the word liability, but, I do see, I’m gonna get some heat for this, but I do see Garcelle standing up a lot for Sutton and playing clean up a lot,” Zampino shared with Us Weekly. “Personally, I don’t want that kind of friendship where I always have to clean up behind you and I don’t mind coming to your aid as your friend, but now is it intentional? Are you doing this on purpose because, you know, I’m gonna support you?”

She explained that Beauvais is her friend and that’s why she’s “concerned.” She shared, “They have a cute connection, it’s playful. The friendship seems to be authentic. I just, as her friend, I just don’t want anybody taking advantage of her kindness and the way she does friendship.” Zampino revealed that she did tell Beauvais about her concerns and that the actress was “very quiet” in response.

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Zampino made almost the same comments in a podcast interview with Page Six, telling the co-hosts that she told Beauvais “something very similar to Garcelle before I knew Erika said it cause I kind of watched it.” However, she clarified that she didn’t say the word “liability,” explaining:

Liability is a strong word and I personally wouldn’t use that word, and I didn’t use that word, but I was a little concerned as Garcelle’s friend.

I’m like, you know, a lot of what I saw is a lot of her bravado. Sutton’s bravado came from knowing Garcelle had her back.

Zampino also said she thought that Stracke was the “common denominator” in a lot of the problems in the cast and shared with Page Six, “maybe the distance that you feel between the rest of the girls is because of her.”

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Zampino is appearing as a friend on this season of RHOBH but revealed that she would love to be offered a diamond for a full-time role on the show despite the drama. The actress told Us Weekly that filming can be “complete madness” and said she was “speechless” regarding the cast trip to Aspen, Colorado. “There are no words, you have to see it to believe it,” she teased. “I can’t wait to see how this is cut together, because let me tell you, it was explosive on a whole other level.”

Zampino also told listeners that the upcoming trip would “not disappoint” and said it was going to be “quite entertaining.”

She told Page Six in her interview that the possibility of appearing as a full-time cast member “scares the bejeebies outta me.” She explained, “I can’t sit here and say, yeah bring it… It’s frightening.” However, despite that, she said she’d love to receive a diamond and then “we’ll see what I do with it.”

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