NETS CLEAN HOUSE: DURANT TRADED TO SUNS!

By Jerry Wein

The Kevin Durant Era in Brooklyn is over.

The Nets traded All-NBA forward Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns for a package that includes former Nova star Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder and four unprotected future first-round picks.

In a deal that landed in the late-night hours ahead of today’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, Durant and T.J. Warren were shuttled to the Suns for a massive haul of first-round draft picks (2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029) and a 2028 pick swap, sources said.

Talks had progressed and stalled, and the Suns appeared to be pivoting toward a three-way deal that might’ve landed them Atlanta’s John Collins sometime Thursday morning, sources said. On the direction of his new owner, Mat Ishbia, general manager James Jones texted Nets GM Sean Marks sometime after 11 p.m. ET — and it wouldn’t be long until Ishbia and Nets owner Joe Tsai had cobbled together the final elements of the blockbuster trade, sources said.

The deal delivers Durant to the desert to partner with Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton — and ends the great superstar experiment in Brooklyn. Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden all arrived to conquer the NBA together, and all left on the muscle of trade requests. They played a total of 16 games together.

After shouldering a massive role in the dysfunction that ultimately deconstructed the roster, Irving was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, and that started the final days and hours of Durant as a Net. The two-time Finals MVP has been sidelined by an MCL sprain in his right knee, but sources said there is optimism he will be ready to return after the All-Star break.

 

 

About admin

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply