Kevin Durant Apr 25, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts during the second quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

A few days ago, the Brooklyn Nets secured the core of their superstar lineup when Kyrie Irving opted into his player option for next season. However, it appears that he will be the only one of Brooklyn’s Big 3 left standing as megastar Kevin Durant has reportedly asked the team for a trade.

Shams Charania was the first to report the news.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets are pulling out all the stops as part of the trade, which will, effectively, force them into rebuilding their entire roster.

“As the Nets prepare to move one of the most valuable trade assets ever on the market, the entire roster will [be] available to discuss in deals, sources tell ESPN,” wrote Woj. “Teams have been calling on Durant, and the Nets will certainly look for a historic return on players and draft picks.”

As far as some potential trade partners go, Woj says that the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are at the top of Durant’s wish list. However, the ball is in Brooklyn’s court to get the best deal they can, which is sure to be substantial.

“Phoenix and Miami are among two of the teams that Kevin Durant has on his wish list, sources tell ESPN, but the Nets plan to move Durant where they can get the best possible deal,” wrote Woj. “With four years on his contract, there’s no shortage of teams willing to unload assets for Durant.”

Wherever Durant ends up, it’s going to be a massive shift around the NBA. Not only will whoever he plays for be a contender or an even larger one, but the Nets are sure to get some huge pieces in return for him. To say nothing of how this affects Kyrie, who could now be on the move as well.

When we posed the question of which teams were most likely to trade for Durant if he was available, it was Phoenix, New Orleans, Memphis, Miami, and Toronto atop the list.

As for Ben Simmons, well, apparently the Nets are his team now.

While we see how this dust settles and the rumors start flying, the reactions to the news around the NBA world were pretty wild.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to