Kevin Durant Trade Rumors: Star Only Wants Heat Move If Butler, Adebayo, Lowry Stay
Forward Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets made a trade request on Thursday, and the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns are on his list of ideal destinations.
However, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic, KD is apparently not interested in joining the Heat unless Miami is able to keep Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo:
"I'm told there's a major hurdle in the way of the Miami option, which also looks to be on the table. It appears that Durant would only want to play for a Heat squad that had Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo.
Therefore, even if the Heat were willing to trade Butler in order to fulfil the Nets' (understandably expensive) desire, doing so would make Durant unhappy right away."
Durant ought to bring in a hefty haul. In 2021–22, the 33-year-old posted game averages of 29.9 points on 51.8 percent shooting, 7.4 rebounds, and a career-high 6.4 assists.
A prospective Durant-Heat deal has a logistical problem, as Amick pointed out:
"Adebayo has his own difficulties in addition to the fact that Durant probably wants him to stay, as others have noted.
Brooklyn would have to trade Ben Simmons in order to get Adebayo since organisations are not permitted to have two players on designated rookie-max extensions who were acquired through trade
I just don't see how the Heat's best offer will ever be accepted if Tyler Herro is at the centre of it."
There are hints in the tea leaves that Durant will travel to Phoenix. First off, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Monty Williams, who served as an assistant during Durant's final season with the team in 2015–16, is in charge of the Suns
Williams and Durant, according to Amick, have a "tight relationship."
Brian Windhorst of ESPN also anticipated that Durant will eventually move to Arizona.
The Suns alone pose a significant threat to the Heat, and numerous other teams are surely interested in KD. According to Jason Dumas of KRON4 News, at least one superstar wants his club to go after Durant.