Yes, we are back to Kevin Durant rumors as the NBA Trade Deadline quickly approaches later this week.
The Nets have made the biggest splash thus far after Kyrie Irving requested a trade and was subsequently flipped to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and some picks.
BREAKING: The Brooklyn Nets are trading Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round and multiple second-round picks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2023
With two of the Nets former “big three” gone, it’s only a matter of time before Durant yet again wants out of Brooklyn. So when the trade deadline rolls around Thursday afternoon, should the Sixers pursue Kevin Durant if he is available?
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant wound up playing in just 74 games together with the Nets.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 5, 2023
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) February 5, 2023
The Sixers had perhaps the best month of basketball under Doc Rivers in the month of January which netted Rivers with Coach of the Month honors and Joel Embiid with the Player of the Month honors despite being an all-star snub. Is it worth the front office mixing up the chemistry that finally looks to be working since last year’s deadline?
It would almost certainly depend on the cost the Nets would ask, which would surely be hefty and unlike the package they received for Irving mostly because Durant is under contract after this season. In fact, Durant signed a 4 year extension in 2021 that leaves him under contract until 2025-2026, his age 37 season.
If the Nets were to seriously move Durant, it’d only make sense that Tyrese Maxey would be involved as well as Matisse Thybulle and multiple first round draft picks. The 34 year old Durant would certainly make the Sixers a legitimate title contender not only this year but for the duration of his contract, but would all but ruin any chance of winning from there on into the foreseeable future.
So should the Sixers pull the trigger?
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