Suns & Heat Leading Race For Durant After Requesting Trade From Nets
NBA star Kevin Durant — Photo by ChinaImages

The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are reportedly among the sides jostling to sign Kevin Durant who has sensationally requested a trade away from the Brooklyn Nets.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski also claims that the Toronto Raptors are in the hunt for Durant, who dropped the bombshell despite having four years remaining on his Nets contract.

Durant’s request came ahead of the NBA free agency period and despite signing a contract extension worth close to $200million in last year’s off-season.

The 33-year-old forward has been with the Nets since 2019, but the side failed to fulfill its potential after forming their ‘Big Three’ with James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

Harden battled injuries in the 2020-21 season following his trade from the Houston Rockets, before struggling to re-discover his best and being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in February.

Irving, who last week opted into the final year of his Nets contract, had his 2021-22 season heavily disrupted due to the consequences of his vaccination status meaning he largely was unable to play home games.

Two-time NBA champion Durant won the 2014 NBA MVP and is a 12-time All-Star who would undoubtedly boost any side’s title aspirations.

Both the Suns and the Heat were among the top contenders for the 2021-22 title, but the former faded in the playoffs, while Miami went down to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game across the 2021-22 season as the Nets lost in the first round of the playoffs in a clean sweep to the Celtics.

In the first major piece of business during the free agency period, Rudy Gobert joined the Minnesota Timberwolves from the Utah Jazz in a bumper trade.

Ben somerford
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