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ESPN’s Assessment of the Kevin Durant Trade

Feb 2, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) looks at the scoreboard against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

You probably remember what you were doing, or what your initial reaction was when you first heard that Kevin Durant would be heading to Phoenix to play alongside Devin Booker.

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In a couple of days, it will officially be a year since this blockbuster trade with the Nets took place.

So, how has it worked out for the Suns?

ESPN recently graded the trade, giving the Nets an A, indicating they came out ahead compared to the Suns’ B grade.

Brooklyn got quite a haul from the trade, including four 1st-round picks, Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson, Jae Crowder, and even a pick swap in 2028.

This season, they are nine games below .500, including a current 7-20 skid. This is even with a nearly fully healthy roster.

Of course, they do have the draft picks looming ahead, however, considering they are the Suns’ picks, it is unlikely that Brooklyn will be drafting high in the order with those picks anytime soon.

On the other hand, the Suns have been battling injuries all season. But in the past couple of weeks, they’ve finally started to get healthy. They’re now 8 games above .500 and have won 10 of their last 13 games.

Plus, let’s not forget they have practically got a whole new starting lineup this season. Meaning, it should be no surprise that it took them a little bit to figure things out on the court.

Do you agree with the Suns B grade for the Kevin Durant trade?

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