Superstar forward Kevin Durant will return to the Brooklyn Nets for his fourth season. But things did not always appear this way. Durant requested a trade from the Nets earlier this summer after inking a 4-year, $198 million extension with the franchise in 2021.
But after a series of trade negotiations that gained little traction, Durant decided that the best option was for him to return to Brooklyn for his fourth season.
When Durant made his initial trade request, the Phoenix Suns were atop his list of preferred destinations. Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports says the investigation and eventual suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver for his workplace misconduct put Durant’s desire to join the franchise under the microscope.
“When you look at the free agency this summer, it was widely-rumored that Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets was looking to be traded to the Phoenix Suns,” Scoop B said during an appearance on MSNBC with Zerlina Maxwell.
“And so, you saw a lot of chatter on Twitter about ‘is this the team KD really wants to go to’ specifically because he is so pro-black, pro-equality, both he and his Nets teammate Kyrie Irving. So, it is interesting how it would have looked, the optics of it had he been traded to the Phoenix Suns this season.”
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Cam Johnson Sounds off on Durant, Suns Trade Rumors
Durant’s trade demand from the Nets was very real. As one of the most prolific players in NBA history, teams were scrambling at the opportunity to add him to their rosters. Doing so would almost automatically make any team a title contender.
Despite having the number one seed in the Western Conference last season, the Suns entered trade talks for Durant and were willing to give up some of their core pieces to land the Nets star. This included Suns’ wing, Cam Johnson. In an interview with Duane Rankin of AZ Central, Johnson details what it was like hearing his name mentioned in the Durant trade talks.
“I’m sitting in the locker room, and the news breaks. It’s Puff’s teammates, my teammates. I’m like, nah man, don’t put me in this. And next thing you know, whoever it was, Windy (Brian …read more