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Getty Kawhi Leonard #2 and Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers laugh during a preseason game

First, it was the Kyrie Irving contract negotiation news taking the NBA by storm during the NBA Draft. Then, just before the NBA free agency window opened Kevin Durant told the Brooklyn Nets that he would like to be traded.

Now both are likely to leave the Nets before the start of the season. Durant has listed the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns as the teams he would most like to be traded to following his demands. However, both of those deals now feel unlikely unless the Suns are willing to part with Devin Booker. 

Brooklyn has been discussed in trade packages that include the Suns, but have reportedly turned down over four offers from them. The Toronto Raptors remain a strong possibility in a deal involving their rookie of the year and more. Even rumors involving the former number one overall pick from the New Orleans Pelicans, Zion Williamson has been mentioned. 

There still seems to be no real traction as of right now for Durant, but there are plenty of rumors out there one interesting possibility in The Athletic’s John Hollinger’s recent column was a deal that included Paul George. 

Durant to the Clippers in Trade Involving Paul George

“Let us recall that on Kawhi Leonard’s free-agent tour in 2019, his first call to team up with a wingman wasn’t to Paul George … it was to Kevin Durant,” Hollinger writes. 

Hollinger did note that Durant would have to be able to stomach joining “Kawhi’s team,” but he doesn’t really have a say in where the Nets trade him after his demand. The Clippers if they were to part with George, would be able to put together a decent trade package. 

“Paul George goes back to the Nets, allowing them to live another day. Like Davis above, he has two years left on his deal. Brooklyn could likely get a few more considerations from the Clippers, adding Terance Mann, Brandon Boston, a 2028 unprotected first, and swaps in 2027 and 2029. Maybe they could stuff a Norm Powell-for-Joe Harris swap into the deal as well,” Hollinger continued

George and Ben Simmons could still field a pretty competitive team, and you factor that into the picks they receive. It could be the first step in building from the failed experiment that was Durant and Irving in Brooklyn. George played well for the Clippers last season, averaging 24.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.9 assists in the games that he did play. However, he only appeared in 31 games but should be ready for next season. If it’s in a Nets uniform is yet to be seen. 

Other Possible Durant Deals

Hollinger listed five possible landing spots for Durant in his column. Among the possible teams, there weren’t any surprises. The Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Toronto Raptors are all part of Hollinger’s discussions. 

It’s hard to say that any of the deals are getting close for Brooklyn, but the rest of free agency seems to be waiting for that chip to fall. It still remains possible that no deal is made, and Durant returns to the Nets. 


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Anne Heche is “not expected to survive” her horrific car crash.

The actress’ rep told Page Six Thursday night that she “suffered a severe anoxic brain injury” due to the accident and “remains in a coma” at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in California.

“It has long been her choice to donate her organs,” her spokesperson shared, adding that she “is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”

Heche’s rep thanked the actress’ fans “for their kind wishes and prayers” as well as “the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses” who have cared for her since the Aug. 5 wreck.

“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love,” her rep concluded.

The actress’ rep told Page Six on Thursday that she “suffered a severe anoxic brain injury.”GC Images

“She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

Heche, 53, “became unconscious, slipping into a coma” shortly after her blue Mini Cooper plowed into a Los Angeles home and went up in flames last Friday.

“She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” her spokesperson told us three days after the accident.

The “Vanished” star’s condition has since gone from “critical” to “dire”.

Heche is “being kept on life support to determine if any [organs] viable.”Getty Images

After having obtained a warrant to test her blood, the Los Angeles Police Department was reportedly able to determine that Heche was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the accident.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ Thursday afternoon that the actress’ blood test results came up positive for fentanyl as well.

However, they cautioned that fentanyl may have been administered to Heche at the hospital to help manage her pain after the accident.

She was allegedly under the influence of cocaine at the time of the accident.GoFundMe

The “Men in Trees” star was not under the influence of alcohol, reported TMZ, despite a photo taken shortly before the crash that showed a red-capped bottle in her car’s cupholder.

LAPD escalated its investigation to a felony DUI on Wednesday after the woman whose home Heche crashed into claimed she was injured and needed medical assistance as a result.

According to eyewitnesses on the scene, the actress first slammed into the garage of a nearby apartment complex before backing up and speeding off.

Heche is mom to two sons.FilmMagic

Officials with the LAPD West Traffic Division previously confirmed she hit another vehicle before bulldozing into the house that caught fire.

Photos from the scene captured the “Hung” star being put on a stretcher and showed serious injuries to her back, while aerial shots documented smoke billowing out of the residence as well as numerous fire trucks surrounding the area.

She shares 20-year-old son Homer Laffoon with her ex-husband, Coleman “Coley” Laffoon, and 13-year-old son Atlas Heche Tupper with her “Men in Trees” co-star, James Tupper.

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