Why Brooklyn Nets traded Kevin Durant to his 4th NBA team
It is no more news that Kevin Durant will be teaming up with Chris Paul, Devon Booker, and Deandre Ayton at the Phoenix Suns after he was traded by the Brooklyn Nets.
Kevin Durant was involved in a trade that sent Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, four first-round picks, and a 2028 pick swap to the Brooklyn Nets while the Suns got T.J. Warren and KD.
This will be the 4th franchise that the back-to-back NBA Finals MVP will be playing for having started out as the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics, now OKC.
Kevin Durant who joined Brooklyn Nets in 2019 asked to leave the franchise according to senior NBA analyst Adrian Wojnarowski.
“I think the biggest reason Kevin Durant’s no longer in Brooklyn is that he didn’t want to be in Brooklyn anymore, and he wanted to be in Phoenix.
“This is a franchise, a team that was at the very top of his list last summer when he asked out, and then of course rescinded the trade [request] prior to preseason.
“But he told the Nets in recent days, and certainly since the Kyrie Irving trade, that if there was a deal to be made with the Suns he would like them to make it.
“And those discussions really gathered momentum late last night when the Nets were able to get in the deal what they wanted.
“Certainly those four unprotected first-round picks, but Mikal Bridges. That was the key to a deal for the Nets.”
With this move, he will be playing for his fourth team in the NBA after starting out with Seattle SuperSonics or
Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, and Phoenix Suns.