The NBA trade season is in full swing, and even Mikal Bridges is feeling the effects of it. On Sunday, the internet shattered as it was announced that the Brooklyn Nets had traded Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Nets have often been linked to the Phoenix Suns, but normally in reference to Kevin Durant. With the uncertainty of Durant’s future in play, Bridges tweeted a simple yet worrying response.
— Mikal Bridges (@mikal_bridges) February 5, 2023
The Suns reportedly took a swing at landing Durant during the offseason, with Bridges being one of the focal points of the deal. The Nets haven’t made Durant available yet, but that could change soon.
The deadline is Thursday, and Brooklyn could be heading into rebuild mode with one of their stars gone. Bridges is a seamless piece for the Nets now more than ever. His value has increased since trade talks last commenced for Durant.
With Devin Booker out, Bridges has become more assertive duty-wise on the offensive end. The 26-year-old forward is averaging 23.1 points while also shooting 46 percent from the field.
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The Suns are also reportedly prepared to engage the Nets in trade talks for Durant, should he become available. Even so, the risk of losing Bridges would be a heavy blow despite receiving Durant in exchange.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 5, 2023
Bridges alone wouldn’t suffice a deal for the Nets superstar forward. It’s likely that the Suns would include Deandre Ayton, who was thought to be the centerpiece at one point of any deal with Brooklyn.
This of course all weighs in the balance of the Nets brass, along with the direction they choose to lean going forward. The Suns have a collection of first-round picks at their disposal also, and using them now may be their best chance.