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Kevin Durant Trade Rumors: Nets Still Trying to Find Deal Despite Buzz About Return

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 18, 2022

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The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly still canvassing the NBA for Kevin Durant trades despite the glacial pace of negotiations.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Monday on Get Up:

"As each day goes by, it does [get likelier Durant returns to the Nets next season], but the Nets are still trying to find a deal for Kevin Durant. If Kevin Durant came to Brooklyn and said, 'Hey, I've changed my mind. I want to be here, I'm committed to this,' of course they would want him to stay.

"But, if Kevin Durant's not doing that, you're still trying to trade him. You want players who want to be there. You don't want the environment to be filled with players who are unhappy, who don't want to be a part of it. But they've gotta get value for him, and they've got to get significant value for him."

Durant requested a trade directly from Nets governor Joe Tsai last month. The team has spent the last few weeks attempting to find a trade but has not found any offers to its liking.

The Nets have reportedly set a massive price in trade talks, asking for multiple All-Stars in return. There is little chance any team will be able or willing to meet that asking price, but the high starting point was a good indication these negotiations may take a while.

"The market for Durant has not been as lucrative as the Nets were hoping, and the market for Kyrie [Irving] is very thin. It's essentially the Lakers, and the trade offer isn't great," ESPN's Brian Windhorst said last week.

Windhorst posited that it's possible the Nets choose to keep Durant and Irving next season. Durant has four years remaining on his contract, so his leverage is limited. Irving's contract expires after the 2022-23 season, but the market for his services has been tepid after he spent much of the last year doing significant damage to his public reputation as his lack of vaccination against COVID-19 kept him out for most of the season.

Durant and Irving remain close friends, and Wojnarowski previously reported the pair want to continue playing together.

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