THIS IS NOT A DRILL: NETS WORKING ON A KEVIN DURANT TRADE (UPDATES)

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL: NETS WORKING ON A KEVIN DURANT TRADE (UPDATES)

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THE NBA REFUSES TO DISAPPOINT!

According to both Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania, Kevin Durant has officially requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. The two sides are now working together to find the right trade partner.

Yes, you read that right. The 12x All-Star and 2x Finals MVP wants to find a new home, and this MASSIVE news has come our way just hours before free agency is set to begin.

How will this impact the next handful of days and where does Durant want to go? No clue. All we know right now is the craziness has just begun!

We’ll update this post with more soon.

UPDATE (2:00)

Just as expected, teams on Durant’s list of preferred landing spot is already making the rounds. Both the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat have been mentioned thus far, which makes plenty of sense when we consider both are already well-positioned to be title contenders next season.

Will the Bulls make their way onto his list? While they may not be perceived as the most sure-fire title contender, it sure sounds like the Nets are willing to listen to anyone and everyone. Not to mention, Durant does have a decent relationship with Zach LaVine thanks to their gold medal run with Team USA, and he’s had plenty of nice things to say about the All-Star guard in the past. A BOY CAN DREAM CAN’T HE!?

UPDATE (2:25)

Ok … so do the Bulls actually have the assets to acquire Kevin Durant?

Who the heck knows! We have arguably never seen a player of this caliber hit the trade market, and the Nets at least hold some power with four years left on the superstar’s deal. The fact of the matter is that almost every team in the NBA will line up to make an offer, and the Bulls at least aren’t going to be last on the list.

With young talent like Patrick Williams, Ayo Dosunmu, and Dalen Terry to pair alongside someone like Nikola Vucevic, there are at least some intriguing pieces to build a package deal around. The question is whether or not they have enough draft capital to make things work.

The 2023 and 2025 first-round picks are set to go to Orlando and San Antonio, respectively. The Bulls are in a position where they can now include a 2027 pick, and they do have a lottery-protected Portland pick at their disposal, but are those kinds of draft assets intriguing enough? Unlikely when we consider the other options on the market. But, hey, if the Bulls end up on Durant’s list, that could always give them a little more leverage!

UPDATE (2:31)

Speaking of the Bulls’ chances … THEY HAVE THE FOURTH BEST ODDS TO LAND HIM RIGHT NOW, PER POINTS BET!

How long this will hold is anyone’s guess, but the betting lines are always interesting to follow at a time like this.


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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.