Earthquake in Brooklyn with ramifications throughout the NBA a few hours after the opening of the transfer market. Kevin Durant (33 years old and 2.08 m) has requested the transfer of the New York franchiseinforman Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN) y Shams Charania (The Athletic).
Nets general manager Sean Marks, the forward himself, and Rich Kleiman, his business manager, are already working to find a destination for KD. The Nets want to make the most of the situation and will try to recover a part of the huge number of rounds of drafts exchanged in recent seasons in various transfers such as James Harden.
Multiple franchises have already contacted the Big Apple. Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are the two favorite teams for Durant, who still has four more years of contract signed for almost 193 million dollars: 43 million in the next season; 46.4 in 2023-24; 49.9 in 2024-25 and 53.3 for 2025-26. In the summer of 2026 he will be a free agent at the age of 38.
From pharaonic project to failure
If it finally comes out (something almost impossible to stop), the forward will put an end to three seasons without much history in Brooklyn: Two playoff berths with a 4-3 Western Conference semifinal elimination to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021 and a first-round exit this year at the hands of the Boston Celtics, including a 4-0 sweep.
His goodbye will also certify one of the biggest failures in NBA history: from a pharaonic project with him, Kyrie Irving and James Harden from January 2021 to February 2022 to absolute nothing. Without sorrow or glory. And it will be another crossing out on his resume, that of one of the best attackers ever in the League who hurt the heart of Oklahoma when he signed for the Golden State Warriors in 2016 and left San Francisco two rings and three years later in a very bad way to land in Brooklyn, who now wonders what happened.
Durant’s request comes two days after Irving, his partner and the co-creator of this project in Brooklyn (both arrived together in the summer of 2019), exercised his player option to continue one more season in the Nets for 37 million Dollars. Now, and despite that rubric, his future may also be far from New York: Dallas Mavericks want his incorporation once the departure of Jalen Brunson to the Knicks is assimilated. E even the Lakers are working to sign him for Russell Westbrook. In three years, both have only played together 58 of the 247 that the team has played. That is to say, only 24% of the total have shared a track.