The Phoenix Suns just made one of the biggest in-season trades in NBA history as they just traded for Nets superstar player Kevin Durant and TJ Warren in exchange for Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, 4 unprotected 1st-round picks, and a pick swap.
The Suns are sending Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, four first-round picks, a 2028 pick swap for Durant and TJ Warren, sources tell ESPN. Durant wanted move and new owner Mat Ishbia pushed to get deal done tonight. https://t.co/fqFUMIDllo
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This makes the Suns INSTANT title contenders in a wide-open western conference which bodes well for a Phoenix Suns team that is just coming off their best regular season record a year ago and a trip to the NBA finals just two years ago.
On ESPN earlier this morning, TV Analyst Stephen A. Smith jumped on the KJM Podcast to discuss the Kevin Durant trade to Phoenix.
“Well, Phoenix doesn’t have any excuses I can tell you that. I mean you got Kevin Durant, with Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and Chris Paul. I definitely think that can put you in a position where the expectations would be championship or bust I don’t think there’s any way to look at that. I also think that once again you got a guy like Kevin Durant going to a squad that makes them completely loaded. I don’t think that he completely shifts the balance of power like he did when he arrived in Golden State, this is different.”
It’s easily now championship or bust as Stephen A. Smith said now that Kevin Durant has arrived in Phoenix. They’re going to have to get past a Nuggets team that holds the best record in the West. A Mavericks team that just traded for Kyrie Irving to pair with Luka Doncic. Not to even mention the Memphis Grizzlies and defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors are also in the race for the NBA title crown.
What a crazy week it’s been for Suns fans. Kevin Durant gets traded to the team, Devin Booker returned to the floor, and Mat Ishbia became the new owner officially. This week will most make or break the Suns’ team for the next decade.