remain determined to explore all trade options to get the best deal, league sources told New York Post on Sunday.
Marks is reportedly holding out for a young All-Star and several draft picks, meaning the Suns will need to include a third team as a trade partner.
The 12-time All-Star Durant has four years left on his $198 million contract.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Nets have been in “consistent contact” with the Suns and Miami Heat after Durant requested a trade on the first day of free agency June 30.
Durant has Phoenix and Miami among his top preferred destinations, but a deal might require a suitable third or fourth trade partner to make it happen.
A trade is not deemed imminent or at an advanced stage.
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“Two of the teams that Kevin Durant would like to play with, the Phoenix Suns, the Miami Heat, they have both been in pretty consistent contact, I’m told,” Wojnarowski said Sunday on SportsCenter.
“I think both teams, individually, may not have enough to do a deal with Brooklyn without being able to go out and move some pieces around in three-team, four-team trades,” Wojnarowski added.
Superstar players have a recent history of heft in choosing their ideal next landing spot when requesting trades:
traded center Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for five players and five draft picks including four first-rounders (2023, 2025, 2027, protected 2029) and a 2026 pick swap.former San Antonio Spurs All-Star guard Dejounte Murray and center Jock Landale for four draft picks, including three first-rounders (protected 2023, 2025, 2027), and a 2026 pick swap.
The Nets don’t have first-round draft picks over the next five years, and had none in June’s draft. That’s because of the Harden acquisition from Houston. When the Rockets dealt Harden, the Nets sent the Rockets their unprotected first-round picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026, as well as unprotected first-round picks swaps in 2023, 2025 and 2027.
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“I think Brooklyn is going to try to exhaust four, five first-round picks, four pick swaps in it, but also at least an All-Star level player,” Wojnarowski said.
“You look at who’s available, how they get those deals done, they’re generally going to be complex deals and will take time putting together, but Brooklyn knows they have time on their side now, not just the offseason, but Kevin Durant has four years left on his contract. Brooklyn will talk throughout the league and get what they know has to be a monumental deal if they’re going to trade Kevin Durant.”
The Suns won’t have All-Star Devin Booker in any trade offers because he’s still on his rookie max deal, and there’s a collective bargaining agreement rule that prevents a roster from having two players on rookie max contracts from their previous team. The Nets got three-time All-Star Ben Simmons in the Harden trade, and Simmons was on a rookie max deal from the Philadelphia 76ers before he went to Brooklyn. Plus, Booker just agreed to terms on a four-year, $224 million supermax extension Thursday, so he’s staying in Phoenix.
The Suns have control over their future first-round draft picks for the next five years and further, which could be in a trade package for Durant.
There has been widespread speculation that the Nets could view Phoenix starting wing and this year’s Defensive Player of the Year runner-up Mikal Bridges in a trade package, and possibly the Suns’ other All-Star Chris Paul. The Nets reportedly aren’t interested in restricted free agent center Deandre Ayton for a sign-and-trade from Phoenix because of the CBA bylaws, and they’d be instantly hard-capped at the luxury tax “apron.”