Kevin Durant has reportedly asked to be traded from the Brooklyn Nets.
According to CBS Sports, the superstar forward’s business manager Rich Kleiman is working with Nets general manager Sean Marks on finding a trade. Durant reportedly has the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat as preferred destinations, however there aren’t a shortage of organizations that will be interested in the 12-time All-Star.
Durant does not have a no-trade clause in his contract, so Brooklyn will be able to trade him to any team that will provide them with the best value.
The news comes after superstar point guard Kyrie Irving announced he would be resigning with the Nets, opting in on his $37 million player option for next season.
ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reports that neither Irving nor Durant had any contact with the Nets front office after Irving opted into his player option, suggesting that Durant would eventually ask for a trade.
Durant’s four-year $198 million contract extension he signed last summer does not kick in until the 2022-23 season, so it’s going to take a massive offer from opposing teams to bring him in. As free agency begins, every team will be calling Brooklyn in an attempt to put together a package comparable to Durant’s talents.