The Phoenix Suns have reentered the Kevin Durant race reportedly. It was rumored that the Suns had possibly played themselves out of trading for Durant, but that notion has been put to rest.
On Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Suns had indeed engaged with the Brooklyn Nets on talks for Durant. The offer is largely centered around forward Mikal Bridges. While no deal is imminent, it is indeed a start for the Suns.
Per the news of the Suns’ proposal, Phoenix now has the third best chances to obtain Durant. They now only sit behind the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets.
Updated odds on where Kevin Durant will play next season via @DraftKings:
Nets = -170
Celtics = +225
Suns = +300
Raptors = +600
Heat = +800
— Evan Sidery (@esidery) August 22, 2022
Brooklyn still remains heavy favorites to keep Durant going into next season. Be that as it may, it doesn’t bode great news for the Nets. Durant has been unwilling to walk back his trade request. The twelve-time All-Star even went as far as to give the Nets front office an ultimatum of him over head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks.
With that in mind, the Nets find themselves in an unimaginable dilemma. Even as Brooklyn has turned down multiple offers, the time may be soon to become serious in one.
Durant has named the Suns as one of his top destinations. Still, the Nets won’t facilitate a deal that doesn’t work in the long-term interest for their club. Phoenix will have to continue to work diligently to find a deal — one that may involve a third team.
Brooklyn is on the clock, and Phoenix, like most teams, may not have to wait much longer.