The NBA never disappoints when it comes to drama. It has become commonplace for an NBA superstar to decide his own fate no matter what his contract situation is, and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant is the latest star to cause a stir by requesting a trade.
Just shy of 11 months since signing a four-year, $198 million extension with the Nets, Durant has reportedly requested a trade away from the team following a first-round playoff sweep and amid controversy surrounding teammate Kyrie Irving's future.
It now seems like a matter of days, or hours, before Durant is dealt.
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Online sportsbook [ol-sportsbook-bp:48:Bovada:26:Bodog] has the latest Kevin Durant odds and lists the Phoenix Suns are the most likely destination for the all-world Durant.
Read below to see some potential destinations and trade scenarios for Durant, and check out our Kyrie Irving odds and NBA free agency odds pages for the latest on this crazy start to the NBA offseason.
Kevin Durant Next Team Odds
|Los Angeles Lakers||+900|
|Golden State Warriors||+1500|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+1500|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+1600|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+3500|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+4000|
|New York Knicks||+5000|
Odds as of July 4 at Bovada
Where Will Kevin Durant Land?
When Kyrie Irving decided to opt back in with the Nets, the immediate assumption was that everything was probably going to be rosy again in Brooklyn. Kyrie was back, Durant was under contract and Ben Simmons was a high-upside wild card that, if interested and healthy, could complete a trio ready to win this season.
But mere days after Kyrie decided to stay, Durant requested to leave. Now the Nets could find themselves as a borderline playoff team depending on the return they get in Durant/Irving deals.
So where will Durant go? He reportedly listed the two number one seeds from last season in Miami and Phoenix as his preferred landing spots, but there are no shortage of teams interested and it remains to be seen whether the Nets will simply hold out for the best package or whether Durant will dictate where he goes. Wherever he ends up, it could well be the biggest trade in NBA history.
Here are some possible scenarios:
Phoenix Suns (+190)
The Suns can put together an attractive package headlined by DeAndre Ayton that also could include some combination of Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges and others plus a bunch of first round picks. The goal for the Suns here, obviously, would be to get Durant without giving up Devin Booker and ideally Bridges to create a rotation built around Durant, Booker and Chris Paul. There are whispers that the Nets don't particularly like Ayton, so this could be tricky.
But as one of Durant's preferred destinations, this is definitely a bet we like.
Miami Heat (+450)
Durant's other preferred spot, Miami would likely have to be quite creative to bring in Durant as Bam Adebayo could not be part of the package due to a CBA rule preventing teams having two Designated Rookie players acquired via trade (Ben Simmons would be the other). So unless the Nets can unload Simmons too, they wouldn't be able to acquire Adebayo as part of a Durant deal.
Still, the Heat with a rotation that includes Durant, Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry would be scary. We're just not sure the Heat can offer enough in any potential deal.
Toronto Raptors (+550)
Raptors fans will be the first to tell you that Durant loves Toronto and the Raps. He said years ago that he grew up a fan of the team and Vince Carter, and ever since Raptor fans have loved to speculate that he might be interested in joining the club at some point.
The Raps can also offer an exciting package of picks and players starting with Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes. Any deal would also likely have to include one of Pascal Siakam, Fred Van Vleet or OG Anunoby, so the question is whether Masai Ujiri and the Raptors would still be able to field a competitive enough team if they went all in and mortgaged their future. Would a rotation built around Durant, Van Vleet, Gary Trent Jr. and possibly Anunoby be enough to contend for a title?
It might work for the Nets, we're not sure it works for the Raptors. It is worth noting, however, that the Raptors opened in Kevin Durant odds at +1600 and have moved up to +550 after just a couple days.
Oklahoma City Thunder (+4000)
When it comes to picks and young players, no team has more to offer than the Thunder who have a ton of both. But the questions for this scenario are two-fold. Are the Thunder even ready to pull the trigger on a win-now deal like this? They seem to be enjoying their full-on rebuild mode.
The other question is whether Durant would even be interested. After spending the beginning of his career with the organization, there may still be some bad blood here preventing any potential deal.
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