Kevin Durant's trade request has sent the NBA offseason into a bigger frenzy. The news came only a few days after star guard Kyrie Irving opted into his player option, which left many to believe that the Nets duo would remain next season.
However, Durant and Irving will now both likely be on their way out.
A player of Durant's caliber is rarely available, and it will be interesting to see what type of offer will get the deal done. He is coming off another great season at the age of 33. Durant averaged 29.9 points per game, along with 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists. He shot 51.8 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from downtown. He is one of the most talented scorers of All-Time and will make whatever team he lands with a contender.
With that said, here are two reasons why Kevin Durant's Nets trade request is brilliant.
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Kevin Durant Trade Request And Its Brilliance
Why the trade works for the Nets
The Nets' big three of Durant, Irving, and James Harden did not pan out, and it's time to hit the reset button. At the deadline, Harden requested a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers and was dealt there. Brooklyn then finished the season with a first-round exit to the Boston Celtics. While the Nets may not have gotten a championship as anticipated, they can get great assets for a rebuild.
Although they don't have much leverage in an Irving trade, Durant will yield a ton of value. A trade for Durant will likely get the Nets at least one or two young players plus multiple draft picks. Stockpiling picks and young talent will help Brooklyn move on to their next chapter.
It was going to be hard for the Nets to win a title next season, and trading Durant gives them the chance to start over.
Why the trade works for Kevin Durant
While it came as a shock to many, Durant making a trade request makes sense. Irving was unable to work out a long-term deal with Brooklyn, as they didn't want to commit to the star, who has been unavailable for 123 games in his three-year tenure with the Nets.
Many sources have indicated that Irving wants to head to the Lakers as soon as possible. Whether it is via trade or through free agency next season when Los Angeles has cap room, Irving is likely to end up with the Lakers. Durant's co-star's uncertainty is likely a big reason why he wants to head to his next team.
Durant is on a four-year deal and still in the midst of his prime. Getting to another contender can help bolster his legacy with more championships. Despite winning two Finals MVPs, his impact on the Golden State Warriors is often criticized. Golden State had finished a 73-9 season before Durant joined the roster. However, his impact on the Warriors was crucial and helped them win two more rings.
In a combined podcast with JJ Reddick and Tommy Alter, Draymond Green said, “But the reality is, I don't think that team wins another championship if Kevin doesn't come … We would not have beat the Cavs coming back around without Kevin.”
"We would not have beat the Cavs coming back around without Kevin"@Money23Green talks about how important @KDTrey5 was to the Warriors' success. @OldManAndThree pic.twitter.com/jdyjIOE64H
— The Volume (@TheVolumeSports) June 28, 2022
Nevertheless, Durant will continue to have people question his legacy unless he wins a championship outside of Golden State. Finding another situation to contend for a title is the best move for him as he enters the 15th season of his career.
The offseason has been insane and is continuing to heat up. The Durant trade will headline a crazy flurry of moves in the NBA.