KD, D-lo, and Kyrie trades – it is now Wild Wild in the West
If you think it was Wild in the West, it is definitely Wild Wild in the West now with the latest trades sending former teammates Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving to teams in the West.
Already the competition is tough in the West, it is now tougher after Kevin Durant joined the Suns from the Nets, and Kyrie Irving joined the Mavs.
Today, it was confirmed that the Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns have reached an agreement on a deal taking Kevin Durant to the East and Mikal Brides and other packages going to the East.
Breakdown of the Durant trade from the Nets to the Suns
The Suns get Kevin Durant, and T.J. Warren, while Brooklyn Nets receive Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, four first-round picks, and a 2028 pick swap.
This means the Suns will have a roster with players such as; Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Kevon Booker, and Deandre Ayton.
The Suns are currently 5th on the Western Conference table with a record of 30-26.
Los Angeles Lakers are also going to get stronger, LeBron James who recently set the record for the most points in NBA history will receive more help.
Lakers are also involved in trades that will bring back D’Angelo Russell their second-overall pick in 2015 to the Staple Centers, now Crypto Arena.
Breakdown of the D’Lo trade from Wolves to Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers get D’Angelo Russell from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt from the Utah Jazz.
The Lakers are sending Russell Westbrook and a lightly protected 2027 first-round pick to the Jazz, and Mike Conley and other picks to the Timberwolves.
So, the Lakers roster will have LeBron James, Anthony Davis, D’Angelo Russell, Dennis Schroder, Mo Bamba and Rui Hachimura – The King has got some help now, no excuses.
And earlier in the week, Kyrie Irving was traded to the Dallas Mavericks to link up with Luka Doncic.
Breakdown of Kyrie Irving’s trade from Nets to Mavs
Dallas get Kyrie Irving and Markieff Morris, while Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith will go to Brooklyn (along with draft picks).
The Dallas Mavericks roster now has the likes of Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Christian Wood, Tim Hardaway Jr, and Markieff Morris.
It has just gotten harder in the West, not certain who is coming out.
Will it be, Nikola Jokic, Jamaal Murray, Aaron Gordon, Deandre Jordan, Michael Porter Jr., and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s Denver Nuggets?
Kawhi Leonard, John Wall, Marcus Morris, Paul George, and Robert Covington’s Clippers? or Ja Morant-led Grizzlies?
The Golden State Warriors who are currently not consistent?
It has just gotten tougher and it will be interesting to see who comes out of the West come playoff.