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NBA Rumors: Nets Expected to Trade Kevin Durant Before Deciding on Kyrie Irving Deal

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 3, 2022

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The Brooklyn Nets will likely move both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving this offseason, but the Durant trade is reportedly the priority at the moment.

"The Nets are expected to sort out Durant's trade request first before deciding where to send Irving," Brian Lewis of the New York Post reported.

This comes amid talks between the Nets and Los Angeles Lakers about a trade involving Irving, per Lewis. Shams Charania of The Athletic told The Rally that the Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks are also pursuing Irving.

The Nets still aim to complete the more complicated trade first.

Durant, a 12-time All-Star with four more years left on his contract, should have a bigger market than Irving.

The 33-year-old remains one of the sport's top offensive weapons, averaging 29.9 points in 55 games last season. His addition would make nearly any team a legitimate title contender.

The problem for the Nets will be finding fair compensation in a trade.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith initially said Brooklyn wanted two All-Stars in any deal for Durant.

Teams that would be interested also have their own limitations. Sam Amick of The Athletic noted the Miami Heat could struggle to find a package since Bam Adebayo can't go to the Nets by rule—"teams aren't allowed to have two players on designated rookie-max extensions who came their way via trade"—and Durant wouldn't want Jimmy Butler to leave.

It means other teams must be patient as Brooklyn seeks the best deal it can involving one of the top players in league history.

For those looking to add Irving, it will be an even longer wait.

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