There is never a dull moment in the NBA off-season, but this trade request is unprecedented in the history of the league.
Brooklyn is blown up.
Nets superstar Kevin Durant has turned the NBA landscape upside down by requesting a trade with a team he has called home since 2019, according to reports.
The 15-year veteran’s management will work with Brooklyn to find him a new team, despite the 2014 NBA MVP still having four years left with a contract extension he signed last year.
It’s an unprecedented move from a player of Durant’s stature with so much time left on his deal, but early signs are the Nets won’t stand in his way.
It comes the same week that Durant’s teammate and close friend Kyrie Irving signed on for the final year of his contract with Brooklyn — a sign many saw that the team was ready to run it back after being knocked out of the playoffs by Boston. wiped out.
But whatever the pair’s commitment to continuing their careers together seems to be over as the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat emerge as Durant’s favorite landing spots.
Durant’s decision has major implications for the NBA future of Australian players Ben Simmons and Patty Mills.
Simmons, who was traded to the Nets last season, can now be sent anywhere if the franchise decides he’s not in its long-term plans.
Mills has more control after he declined to take the second-year option on his contract with Brooklyn and go into free agency. His return to the Nets now seems unlikely given his preference to play for a championship contender.