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Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts after not getting a foul call during the first half against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena on March 26, 2022 in Miami, Florida.

Nets star Kevin Durant sent shockwaves through the league by announcing he wanted a trade out of Brooklyn on Thursday, June 30, as it was just last summer that the 12-time All-Star signed a four-year $194 million contract extension with the franchise, which was set to kick in during the 2022-23 NBA season.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Miami Heat are one of the top destinations for the 33-year-old power forward. Wojnarowski tweeted, that the Miami Heat were one of the two top teams that Durant has on his “wish list,” along with the Phoenix Suns.

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However, new details emerged concerning the 30-year-old power forward’s requirement for landing in Miami which could serve as a “significant obstacle on that front,” The Athletic’s Sam Amick reported on Friday, July 1.

Get it done, Pat !

— Heat Nation (@HeatNationCom) June 30, 2022

“Durant, it seems, would only want to play on a Heat team that includes Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry. So even if the Heat were willing to move Butler in a deal as a way of satisfying the Nets’ (understandably pricey) request, doing so would leave Durant discontented from the start,” Amick wrote.

While Durant joining a starting lineup that includes Lowry, Butler, and Adebayo, sounds incredible, the likelihood of that happening seems highly unlikely.

The Heat Could Offer a Trade Centered Around Tyler Herro

GettyTyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat celebrates a three pointer against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round at FTX Arena on April 19, 2022.

If the Heat’s All-Star trio out is of the equation makes, that makes things near impossible for the Heat to land Durant, especially when it comes to the salary cap. It also greatly limits Miami’s ability to offer the Nets an aggressive offer.

“If the Heat’s best offer is centered on Tyler Herro, I just don’t see how that ever gains any traction,” Amick wrote. “And in terms of Durant’s preferred destinations, this is why it seems as if the Suns may have a shot at making some magic happen here.”

The Athletic‘s Alex Schiffer agrees with Amick. He wrote on Thursday, “I’m told the Nets want multiple All-Stars in any deal for Durant. I do not count Tyler Herro in that category, despite the year he’s had. So if you’re Miami, how do you acquire Durant?”

ESPN’s Zach Lowe suggested that the Heat utilize their 2022 NBA first-round draft pick, Nikola Jovic, along with a slew of their future first-rounders to seal the deal. Lowe tweeted, “Miami can trade 3 future first-round picks (plus Jovic) *if* they amend the lottery-protected 2025 first-round pick they owe the Thunder to remove the protections. I triple-checked this with @BobbyMarks42 and a few league execs.”

Nikola Jovic is really a guard in a big man’s body

— ???????????????? ???????????????????????? (@HeatvsHaters) June 26, 2022

Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang suggested the Heat offer the Nets NBA’s 2022 Sixth Man of the Year, Tyler Herro, Jovic, while also including their unprotected 2023 and 2028 first round pics.

If the Heat is going to pull out all the stops for a star, it’s going to be for a player like Durant, whom Miami has been interested in obtaining since 2016. Last season, the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game, while shooting 51.8% from the field and 38.3% from beyond the arc.

Heat President Pat Riley Is Not Afraid to ‘Make a Major Splash’ Play
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NBA analyst Shannon Sharpe predicted Heat president Pat Riley would move mountains should Durant become available during the June 23 episode of Undisputed.

“You know Pat Riley is looking to make a major splash. He’s always wanted Kevin Durant, Skip. Now he thought he had a good chance to get him a couple of years ago,” Sharpe said. “Don’t think he won’t spin the block one more time… The question is what would he (Riley) be willing to give up in order to get him. I believe the only two players that would probably be off-limits is Jimmy and Bam. Because with Jimmy, Bam, and Kevin Durant, you have a potential of an arms race now.”

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From Rachel Berry to Fanny Brice.

Lea Michele has shared a photo of herself singing “Don’t Rain On My Parade” while in rehearsals for her upcoming turn in the Broadway revival of “Funny Girl.”

The “Glee” alum, 35, who is set to replace Beanie Feldstein in the iconic role — which made Barbra Streisand a household name — took to her Instagram Story with the pic Friday.

“The incredible @ephieaardema got a photo of me singing Don’t Rain On My Parade on a Broadway stage for the first time ever today,” she captioned the snap, tagging her understudy, Ephie Aardema.

“@ephieaardema you are amazing I [love] you!!!” she added.

The image showed Michele dressed in black leggings, a black sweater and chorus shoes, belting the show-stopping Broadway number from the front of the stage, ahead of her September 6 debut.

Michele’s character in “Glee” performed the hit song in season one. WireImage

Fans of “Glee” would recall her character Rachel Berry performed the song in the show’s first season.

Michele later brought down the house at the Tony Awards in 2010 when she sang the same tune.

Although the casting announcement marks a full circle moment for the actress, it hasn’t been without controversy.

The Broadway vet makes her return to the Great White Way on Sept. 6. Getty Images

Feldstein shocked the Broadway community when she took to social media last month to announce her early departure from the show.

“Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away sooner than anticipated,” she cryptically wrote.

Fellow “Glee” alum Jane Lynch then announced her early departure from the production, but insisted it had “nothing to do with” her former co-star’s casting.

Michele’s casting has been shrouded in controversy, after Beanie Feldstein’s shock departure. NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

“I have a vacation Aug. 14, and then I had just like five shows after that, and it’s a six-hour flight, so I thought, ‘Let’s end it now,’” Lynch, 62, explained to Playbill earlier this month.

Although Michele is best known for her work on the small screen, she is also a Broadway vet who made her debut at age 8 as Young Cosette in “Les Misérables.”

She later appeared in productions of “Ragtime” and “Fiddler on the Roof” before originating the role of Wendla Bergmann in “Spring Awakening.”

She came under fire in 2020 when “Glee” co-star Samantha Marie Ware accused her of racist behavior on set.

She apologized at the time, writing in part on Instagram, “I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.”

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