During the NBA player empowerment era, it tends to feel like we are only a few days away from another superstar demanding a trade, which should have the Los Angeles Lakers’ attention. The Nets continue to be the talk of the NBA with not only Kyrie Irving’s upcoming free agency but recent rumblings that Kevin Durant is not thrilled with the state of the franchise.

With LeBron James heading towards the end of his career, could the Lakers superstar look to team up with Durant before he retires? Unless James signs a contract extension, the NBA legend will be a free agent in 2023, slightly cracking the door for the All-Star to sign with another team.

Yet, James has made his desire to remain in Los Angeles clear, even after an All-Star Weekend filled with cryptic messages about a possible return to Cleveland. Could James and Durant attempt to orchestrate a blockbuster trade that would bring KD to Hollywood?

During his conversations with leagues sources, Heavy’s NBA insider Sean Deveney discussed the possibility of a Lakers-Nets deal with a Western Conference general manager. The front office member admitted there was a “slim chance” for this “earthquake kind of trade” to happen but admitted we can “never say never in this league.”

“Going the other way, if Durant wants to go to the Lakers, that gets harder,” the NBA GM told Heavy. “He is signed through (2026) so you’ve got to make a trade and the only thing they can do would be Anthony Davis for KD. I think LeBron feels some responsibility for getting Davis to Los Angeles and he wants that to work, so there’s not much chance they would trade him.

“But if Davis can go play with Kyrie, who he is close with, maybe that changes the math on that. It’s an earthquake kind of trade and it’s a slim chance. But if Durant is really unhappy and they can get everyone on the same page, maybe it works for everyone. Never say never in this league.”

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