Kevin Durant reportedly asks Nets to trade him, Rockets own draft picks


Kyrie Irving has opted back into his deal with the Nets, but in a shocking development, Kevin Durant reportedly wants out of Brooklyn.

According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Nets superstar has requested a trade just hours before free agency opening, potentially leading to a complete destruction of the superteam the franchise formed three years ago today.

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This move likely impacts the Rockets, who own the Nets' picks in 2024 and 2026 and swap rights with the Nets from the James Harden trade.

During the 2019 offseason, the Nets signed Durant, Irving, and DeAndre Jordan, and later traded for ]Harden. Now, Harden has already been traded away, Irving opted in after rumors of the point guard potentially being open to a sign-and-trade, and now the team’s best player wants out.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported that Durant has listed the Suns as his "preferred" next stop, while ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Heat are also on Durant's list.

Since signing on together in 2019, the Nets and Durant have won just one playoff series, and the soon-to-be 34-year-old might be looking for a change to chase another title as he approaches what will likely be the final years of his career.

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