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    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Philadelphia 76ers are interested in brokering a deal with the Brooklyn Nets. It first started at last year’s trade deadline, when the Sixers and Nets swapped Ben Simmons and James Harden. Then, at the end of the summer, the Sixers were rumored to have interest in bringing Kevin Durant to the City of Brotherly Love, after Durant issued a trade request to Brooklyn. Ultimately, Durant decided to stay put in Brooklyn. But after disastrous start to the season (Steve Nash fired, Kyrie Irving’s delayed apology for circulating an antisemitic video, and Ben Simmons’ general unwillingness to do anything meaningful on the court), rumors are once again swirling that Durant could be on the block. And once again, the Sixers are interested in acquiring Durant. According to an executive that spoke with Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney, the Sixers could put together a compelling package, but demurred about whether it would be enough to get it over the finish line. “The main thing...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round NBA Playoffs The Kevin Durant trade speculation seemingly got put to bed after the star rescinded his trade demand with the Brooklyn Nets. Durant, his agent, Steve Nash, Sean Marks, and Joe and Clara Wu Tsai met in August and were able to negotiate a way for Durant to commit to coming back to Brooklyn. Now the team looks to be prepared to run it back with Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons. However, on August 30, NBA Insider Ric Bucher shared a quote from one unnamed GM that stated his belief that Durant could still be shopped at February’s trade deadline.  “I think the Nets simply told him, ‘There’s not a deal we’re happy with, and we’re not just going to give you away,'” the GM said. “I think he’ll still get moved by the trade deadline if it doesn’t go well. That may have even been part of the deal, a soft agreement that...
    Getty Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets. For now, it appears Kevin Durant will be staying with the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA superstar rescinded his trade request on August 23, 2022, which will presumably put all the Boston Celtics trade rumors involving Jaylen Brown, among others, to bed for the time being. After the Durant trade saga ended, NBA Insider Shams Charania went on The Rich Eisen Show, where he revealed that the Celtics had the best offer on the table and who would have been included. “The best offer, I’m told, that the Nets had on the table was from the Celtics,” Charania said. “Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, and a first-round pick.” Charania went on to explain that what the Nets were asking for in return for someone with Durant’s pedigree made it unrealistic that a trade would get done with any party. “You could say that they might have been even asking for something that they know was never going to be attainable anyway. But, at the end of...
    Getty James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets congratulates teammate Kevin Durant #7. The idea of adding Kevin Durant to the Philadelphia 76ers was enough to make fans drool. But it wasn’t just a fantasy. Before Durant decided to return to Brooklyn, the Sixers were one of a handful of teams linked to the former MVP. Initially, it looked as though the interest was one-sided. According to SNY’s Ian Begley, “there were high-ranking members of the Sixers who’ve felt strongly about engaging with Brooklyn on a Durant trade.” Philadelphia’s interest in Durant is understandable. Every single team in the league would be immediately improved by adding the future Hall of Famer, even though he’ll be 34 this season. But as it turns out, the feeling just might have been mutual. Durant and Harden Were Spotted Together OverseasNot only did the Sixers have some interest in Durant, but so too did the legend have an interest in bringing his talents to the City of Brotherly Love. Over the weekend, when it looked like a trade for Durant might still...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets drives on Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors Shams Charania of The Athletic added more reporting on the Brooklyn Nets and where things stand as September’s training camp rapidly approaches. The biggest uncertainties this offseason have been around Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. In his report, Charania shared that Irving is expected to stay in Brooklyn next season and has been working closely with the franchise. Durant, it looks like is still very much on the trading block despite the Nets hope to negotiate a stay for the 12-Time All-Star.  Charania shared a levee of new information, including teams who inquired about Durant, which had surprising names like the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Denver Nuggets. However, he reiterated that there are three teams that stand the best shot of acquiring Durant this offseason. The Three Most Serious Trade Partners for KDWhile new teams continue to be linked to Brooklyn, the most substantial talks have remained with three NBA teams. Each has only one or two factors that are complicating...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets The Brooklyn Nets have several options to consider when it comes to trading superstar Kevin Durant. On August 22, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the Memphis Grizzlies have gotten involved in trade discussions, and some familiar faces are coming back with new offers too. When Durant first requested his trade, he listed the Phoenix Suns as one of his preferred landing spots, and it was something that was possible at the time thanks to Deandre Ayton being a restricted free agent. Ayton has since resigned with the Suns, and that greatly hurts the Suns chances at landing Durant to pair him with Chris Paul and Devin Booker, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying. According to Charania, the Suns have tried to get “creative” with their offers thanks to Ayton being unable to be moved, and they’ve come up with an offer centered around Mikal Bridges.Suns Still TryingThe Suns might not have the best trade offers to put together when compared to the Boston Celtics or even the Grizzlies, but...
    Getty Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets picks up a loose ball on the court. Ben Simmons has been heralded as the piece the Brooklyn Nets are building around moving forward. With uncertainty around Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving all summer, the one consistency has been the Nets’ tone towards Simmons. After the Nets were eliminated from the playoffs and Simmons never made his Nets debut, fans quickly ran to the trade machine to propose trades they suggested to move on from the injured superstar. However, those proposals never came from the Nets front office side of things.  The Nets have remained consistent that they plan on building with the core and were looking forward to seeing their big three of Irving, Durant, and Simmons, with Simmons playing the center position for the Nets. However, that got flipped on its head when Irving’s contract negotiations were publicly messy. After Irving decided to return, Durant requested a trade on a phone call with Joe Tsai. That led to an eventual ultimatum, and here we are.  While the future...
    Getty Head coach Billy Donovan of the Chicago Bulls talks with his players during a time out The Chicago Bulls made the call. They were told they “didn’t fit the profile”. That’s about as far as they got in their conversations – they likely couldn’t even be called negotiations – with the Brooklyn Nets in regards to disgruntled superstar Kevin Durant. Durant’s initial trade request went public on June 30. The 12-time All-Star later doubled down in a face-to-face with governor Joe Tsai. This time, he demanded for head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks to be fired if he is to stay. As for the Bulls, it has long been presumed they simply didn’t have the requisite assets to land such a big fish. That idea was virtually cemented when the Minnesota Timberwolves traded a historic package for center Rudy Gobert. But the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley says that it didn’t take the Gobert trade – or any lack of assets – to cross Durant off of the Bulls’ wishlist.He Doesn’t Like Who?There were many...
    Getty Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics A huge concern among Boston Celtics fans this off-season has been around Jaylen Brown’s long-term future with the franchise. After being linked in yet another trade for a superstar, a large portion of the fan base believed that Brown could be biding his time before looking for a way out of Boston once his current contract expires in two years. However, according to an NBA Executive who spoke to Heavy.com’s Steve Bulpett under the condition of anonymity, there is a belief that Brown would happily remain with the Celtics, should they show him the respect he deserves during future contract negotiations. Three conference finals and an NBA Finals appearance in five years together for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The Celtics future and present is bright. pic.twitter.com/HQRmZwjgvt — Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) May 30, 2022 Read More From Heavy Place a ‘No Sweat First Bet’ on the NFL This Week “I think Jaylen IS (committed) long term. If they want him long-term and they’re going to pay him the contract he deserves, I think...
    Getty Kevin Durant and LeBron James defend Stephen Curry during the final seconds of the fourth quarter during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18, 2018. It would be hard to compile a list of the top players in the NBA today and not have Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James on the list. Despite their respective teams having disappointing seasons in 2021-22, LeBron and Durant had great individual seasons as they were named All-Star captains. But the ultimate goal for both superstars at this point in their careers is to win championships. While both LeBron and Durant have won a title in the last five seasons, both stars are entering the latter years of their thirties and need to strike while the iron is hot. After requesting a trade from the Nets before the start of free agency, Durant could command one of the biggest trade packages of all time. With the Lakers and Nets already having conversations on a deal that...
    Getty Payton Pritchard, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Al Horford of the Boston Celtics. As the NBA offseason drags on, the trade drama involving Kevin Durant and the Boston Celtics has dominated headlines over the past week. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Celtics had “engaged in talks” for the superstar, while Shams Charania of The Athletic noted that they had included All-Star Jaylen Brown in a trade package for the Brooklyn Nets star. Durant requested a trade from the Nets at the beginning of the offseason, and Brooklyn is reportedly looking for a historical return for the superstar. So, while Brown’s inclusion in the deal would be all but certain,  it’s the “what else” that matters for the Celtics and Nets at this point. Charania reported that the Nets turned down a deal that included Derrick White and countered by asking for Marcus Smart. Well, on the July 28 edition of The HoopsHype Podcast with Michael Scotto, Jared Weiss of The Athletic, gave some insight into Smart’s potential availability in a Durant deal. “If you lose...
    Getty Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. When the news came down that Kevin Durant had requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns were listed as his top two destinations. But despite Durant’s trade request, and the Nets’ vow to honor it, there has been little traction on any deal for the Nets star. But on July 25, trade talks were reignited after the Boston Celtics trade offer to the Nets for Durant was revealed by Shams Charania of “The Athletic”. “The Celtics offered [Jaylen] Brown, guard Derrick White and a draft pick to the Nets for Durant, sources said. The proposal was rejected,“ Charania said. “Brooklyn has asked Boston — in any proposal — to include Brown, Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, draft picks, and potentially one more rotation player, those sources added.” Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel says that the revelation of Boston’s trade offer essentially took every other team out of the running for KD. “First, it’s...
    Getty Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN shocked the NBA landscape in the early hours of Monday morning, revealing that the Boston Celtics had “engaged in talks” about a potential trade for Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant, who has officially requested to be moved. ESPN Sources: As Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant’s trade request approaches its fourth week, the Boston Celtics have emerged among teams engaged in talks on a possible deal. Story: https://t.co/eXpn6fRoYl — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2022 The centerpiece of that deal would be All-Star wing Jaylen Brown, according to Wojnarowski, and this part of the report was later confirmed. Shams Charania of The Athletic noted that the Celtics had offered Brown in a deal for Durant, but the Nets declined it and countered. However, the fact that this information was leaked does not benefit the Celtics. In fact, it could actually hurt their relationship with Brown. According to an anonymous Eastern Conference GM who spoke with Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, “there’s no...
    Getty Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. The firing of former Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson was a head-scratcher in itself. After all, he was the coach that had led the Nets back to glory and their first postseason berth since the Jason Kidd era during the 2018-19 season. But even more shocking was their decision to hire Steve Nash as his replacement. Nash was an elite player as a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, but as a coach, he had no experience, not even as an assistant. And the Nets had their eyes set on winning the title and needed a coach who could help take them there. Multiple reports suggested that Nets stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant had hand-picked Nash to be their next head coach as they were trying to usher in a new era in Brooklyn. But NBA insider Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports says that neither star wanted Nash as the head coach of the Nets. “Kevin Durant’s desire to have Steve Nash is false,” Scoop...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets sit on the bench in the first quarter against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center Kevin Durant shook the entire NBA when he made his request to be traded. Kyrie Irving had just elected to return to play out his final year of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets, and the team was expected to run it back and see what Durant, Irving, and Ben Simmons could do to compete in the Eastern Conference. That reality looks to have gone out the window after Durant’s request and reports that Brooklyn has no plan to retain Irving, even if it means waiving the All-Star point guard.  Irving, before returning on his player-option, had tossed out the idea of leaving for a mid-level exception contract to reunite with LeBron James in Los Angeles. So, after Irving decided to return to Brooklyn, what made Durant request a trade from the Nets? Vince Goodwill of Yahoo Sports talked about what sent Durant over the edge in Brooklyn. What Brought Durant to Request a...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during the Eastern Conference 2022 Play-In Tournament against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center on April 12, 2022. Nets star Kevin Durant created free agency pandemonium by suddenly announcing he wanted a trade out of Brooklyn on Thursday, June 30. It was just last summer that the 12-time All-Star signed a four-year $194 million contract extension with the Nets, which was set to kick in during the 2022-23 NBA season. Immediately afterward, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Miami Heat is one of the top destinations on the 33-year-old power forward’s “wish list,” as are the Phoenix Suns. The latest Heat news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Heat newsletter here! Join Heavy on Heat! Wojnarowski noted that there was “no shortage of teams willing to unload assets for Durant,” which created a strong feeling that a blockbuster deal would happen imminently. However, nearly a week has passed since Durant’s business manager, Rich Kleinman, confirmed he requested a trade, and things have remained stagnant. During...
    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. The latest Heat news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Heat newsletter here! Join Heavy on Heat! 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...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets disputes a call 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. MasterpieceJohnson 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...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets drives against Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during their game at Barclays Center Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is widely regarded as a tier-one player in the NBA, alongside other superstars such as Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Tier one superstars are expected to deliver for their teams and so far for Durant, the Nets experiment has been a failure. After being eliminated before the Eastern Conference Finals in consecutive playoff appearances, the sustainability of Durant and Kyrie Irving as a superstar duo has come into question.  Durant signed a 4-year $198 million extension with the Nets last summer that kicks in next season. But as we have seen before with superstars such as James Harden and Anthony Davis, players can force trades. Despite being regarded as a tier-one superstar, “HoopsHype” ranks the Nets star just 8th in trade value in a new report. “Durant’s age and the Nets’ lack of clarity with their other two All-Stars make his situation potentially just a smidge more open...
    Getty James Harden and Kevin Durant Kevin Durant and James Harden had a strained relationship on the Brooklyn Nets this season and it started when the latter showed up to training camp out of shape, according to Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN. “Durant was astonished in the opening weeks of the season at Harden’s lack of explosiveness and sluggish play, something he attributed in large part to Harden’s being out of shape, as he did the ensuing hamstring issues,” Arnovitz reported. Durant and Harden, who were teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2009-10 to 2011-12, were never able to resolve their conflict and Harden wound up requesting a trade. The Nets traded the Beard to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and draft picks at the February trade deadline.Harden ‘Found Durant’s Slant Grating and Self-Righteous’According to Arnovitz, Harden “found Durant’s slant grating and self-righteous.” The 2017-18 MVP began to isolate himself from his teammates and everyone in the Nets organization became frustrated. “With each passing week, Harden became more isolated, with staff and teammates...
    Actor and podcaster Michael Rapaport has revealed a private war of words with Kevin Durant in which the Brooklyn Nets star appears to have used a string of homophobic slurs while threatening to spit on the diehard 51-year-old New York sports fan. 'I heard it all before u c***,' read one of the Instagram direct messages from Durant's account to Rapaport. 'I swear ima spit in your face when I see your dirty ass. 'Meet me on w 17th tomorrow at 10. Or better yet. What's your address?' 'All u do is c*** suck other men for attention.' 'Your wife doesn't even respect your b**** a**.' Durant apologized after Rapaport revealed the rant in a series of screen grabs on Twitter, although in another tweet, the former NBA MVP appeared to dismiss the exchange as friendly banter: 'Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he's pissed....My bad mike, damn!!' Rapaport did not accept the apology, writing on Twitter that Durant crossed a line by mentioning his wife: 'Don't ever threaten me or speak on my...
    LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets chose their rosters for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in a Thursday night draft. The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is set to take place this Sunday, March 7. This past month, the captains of the respective All-Star teams were LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets. Shortly afterwards, the full rosters were revealed. The only thing remaining was the All-Star Game draft. On Thursday night, James and Durant filled out their respective rosters. The starting lineup for Team LeBron will consist of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and James himself. Meanwhile, Team Durant will start Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal and Jayson Tatum. Team LeBron and Team Durant are set. Who you got ???? pic.twitter.com/mw3nykmji0 — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 5, 2021 Durant picked his Nets teammatesIt is important to note that Durant will not be participating in the NBA All-Star Game due to a hamstring strain. NBA rules state that a...
    Getty Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant against Knicks Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving joined the Brooklyn Nets via NBA free agency last year. LIVE with Ian EagleWere talking NFL and NBA with play-by-play extraordinaire Ian Eagle!????2020-10-14T22:05:32Z What are their chances in the 2020-2021 NBA season? “If we can get back to a place where we can have fans in there, man I think it has a chance to be really unique,” Nets YES Network play-by-pkay broadcaster, Ian Eagle told me on the Heavy Live With Scoop B Show. “I’m just excited to see him. And in just my experience this year with Kyrie, he played 20 games. Twenty! He had more highlights in 20 games than most guys will have in a full season. That’s how special he was. In that 20-game period, as a play-by-play announcer I’ve found myself having to come up with creative ways to describe the things he was doing, because he was doing some things that I just have not seen before. That’s how gifted a player he is. You take that, you...
    Getty Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving teamed up on the Nets. The Brooklyn Nets are preparing for next season and there are big expectations for their star power and NBA Hall of Famer head coach. LIVE with Jeff Van GundyESPNs Jeff Van Gundy joins us LIVE to talk about the NBA Finals and more!2020-10-01T23:33:11Z Guided by Steve Nash, the Nets have a roster that includes Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert, DeAndre Jordan, Jarrett Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie. Brooklyn has the potential to become an early preseason favorite for the 2020-21 NBA season. Will there be an adjustment for the dynamic duo of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant? “Well I think that all talented teams need adjustment periods,” ESPN color commentator, Jeff Van Gundy told me on the Heavy Live With Scoop B Show. GettyJeff Van Gundy and Team USA will play Panama. “And it’s all based on the ball. A lot of them are so used to having the ball in their hands for a predominant amount of time and when you get on great teams, it’s...
    Getty NBA and NBAPA internet hosting players-only NBA 2K Event that includes Kevin Durant and others Brooklyn Nets star, Kevin Durant has been fairly resourceful throughout his year-long break from basketball the place he’s been rehabbing his Achilles harm. One individual that understands his rehab course of is two-time NBA champion, Mario Chalmers. Kevin Durant will return to Nets robust submit Achilles rehab @mchalmers15 tells Scoop B Radio – https://t.co/u2zdCSonnP “I feel they’re good, particularly KD. KD just about 7 ft, has a jumper, lengthy arms, so I do know for him it received’t take away his explosiveness like that.” pic.twitter.com/IMREWLrxKK —
    Getty NBA and NBAPA hosting players-only NBA 2K Tournament featuring Kevin Durant and others Brooklyn Nets star, Kevin Durant has been quite resourceful during his year-long break from basketball where he’s been rehabbing his Achilles injury. One person that understands his rehab process is two-time NBA champion, Mario Chalmers. Kevin Durant will return to Nets strong post Achilles rehab @mchalmers15 tells Scoop B Radio – https://t.co/u2zdCSonnP "I think they’re good, especially KD. KD pretty much 7 feet, has a jumper, long arms, so I know for him it won’t take away his explosiveness like that." pic.twitter.com/IMREWLrxKK —
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