Kevin Durant is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born on September 29, 1988, in Suitland, Maryland. Durant is widely considered one of the best basketball players in the world and has won several awards and accolades throughout his career, including two NBA championships and two Olympic gold medals.
Durant was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder) as the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. He spent his first nine seasons with the Thunder, where he established himself as one of the top scorers in the league and won four scoring titles. In 2016, he signed with the Golden State Warriors and helped lead the team to two championships. He signed with the Brooklyn Nets in 2019.
Off the court, Durant is known for his philanthropic work and his commitment to giving back to his community. He has established the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, which works to support at-risk youth by providing them with educational and athletic opportunities.
Mat Ishbia, the new owner of the Phoenix Suns, lost no time in making changes to the team.
NBA superstar Kevin Durant will be traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Phoenix Suns, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations who spoke to the associated press.
The individual asked to remain anonymous because they are not permitted to make public statements until the agreement is finalized.
In addition to a selection exchange in 2028, the deal will send Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, four first-round picks, and Jae Crowder to the Nets. The Suns will receive forward T.J. Warren and Durant, a 13-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP.
Following the trade of Kyrie Irving, who joined Durant, 34, in Brooklyn in 2019, the Nets made the deal with Durant. As a result of moving Durant, Brooklyn will now acquire Phoenix’s first-round picks in 2023, 2025, 2027, and 2029, which is a significant change.
Before the start of the season, Durant asked the Nets for a trade, but general manager Sean Marks was unable to find a deal that would give Brooklyn the draft picks they desired, especially after Utah acquired four future first-round picks and 2022 first-round pick Walker Kessler from Minnesota in the Rudy Gobert trade in July.
After Irving made a late-week trade request and the Nets granted it, they reevaluated their strategy and chose to start over by trading Durant.
Durant missed the Miami game on January 8 due to an isolated MCL sprain of the right knee. He had hoped to be back in time for the All-Star Game, but that is not going to happen. Before moving him, the Nets had not provided a timeline for his return.
Before getting hurt, Durant was having a fantastic season, averaging 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists while shooting a league-best 93.4% from the line, 37.6% on 3-pointers, and 55.9% overall.
Trading for Durant is an all-in move for the Suns, who just officially unveiled Ishbia earlier on Wednesday. This is a franchise that is vying for its first NBA championship.
Phoenix made it to the NBA Finals in 2021 and finished with the best record in the NBA last season, but this year (30-26) has been a struggle owing to star guard Devin Booker’s extended absence due to injury.
If Chris Paul, Booker, and Durant are all healthy, this trade moves the Suns up to title contender status despite their 812-game deficit to first-place Denver.
After this season, Durant, the NBA MVP for the 2013–14 season, will be under contract for three more years, earning $46.4 million in 2023–24, $49.8 million in 2024–25, and $53.2 million in 2025–26.
Let’s examine the trades that have taken place this year
Raptors acquire Jakob Poeltl back from Spurs
Feb. 8: According to ESPN, the Toronto Raptors have agreed to buy San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl for Khem Birch, a protected first-round selection in 2024, two second-round picks, and a protected third-round pick. 27-year-old Poeltl was selected by the Raptors as the ninth overall choice in the 2016 NBA Draft. He spent two seasons with the team before being moved to the Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard to Toronto transaction.
Knicks exchange Josh Hart for Cam Reddish
Feb. 8: Josh Hart, a shooting guard, will be traded to the New York Knicks. According to ESPN, the Knicks are giving the Portland Trail Blazers a protected first-round draft pick and small forward Cam Reddish in exchange.
Trade of Russell Westbrook by the Lakers for D’Angelo Russell
Feb. 8: The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz agreed to a three-team transaction in which Utah sent guard Mike Conley to the Timberwolves in exchange for the Los Angeles Lakers receiving guard D’Angelo Russell from Minnesota. Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt from Utah will also be acquired by the Lakers. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and picks will also go to Minnesota, while Juan Toscano-Anderson and a first-round pick from the Lakers will go to the Jazz.
Trading Kessler Edwards to the Kings
Feb. 7: In exchange for forward Kessler Edwards and cash, the Brooklyn Nets received the draft rights to David Michineau (the 39th overall pick in the 2016 draft) from the Sacramento Kings.
Heat sold Dewayne Dedmon to the Spurs
Dewayne Dedmon, a center, and a second-round selection in 2028 were dealt by the Miami Heat to the San Antonio Spurs on February 7 in exchange for money. The Heat now has two open roster spots and more room under the luxury tax in case they decide to make another move before the deadline.
Irving signing with the Mavericks
Kyrie Irving’s desire came true on February 5. The Nets traded him and Markieff Morris to Dallas for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round selection, and 2027 and 2029 second-round picks two days after he requested a trade from Brooklyn.
The Lakers sign Rui Hachimura
On January 23, the Los Angeles Lakers received two second-round draft picks, Kendrick Nunn, and Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards.
The Spurs acquire Noah Vonleh
The Boston Celtics dealt Noah Vonleh and cash to the San Antonio Spurs on January 5 in exchange for a second-round pick.