NBA Rumors: Suns Land Kevin Durant In Trade Deadline Blockbuster

Durant is headed to Phoenix


February 9

Kevin Durant is heading to the desert.

Just over an hour after the clock struck midnight ET to signal the beginning of NBA trade deadline day, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a bomb, reporting the Phoenix Suns made a trade to acquire Durant.

“BREAKING: The Phoenix Suns are nearing a blockbuster trade to acquire Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, sources tell ESPN,” Wojnarowski tweeted. “Durant wanted move to Suns, and new owner Mat Ishbia pushing to get deal done tonight.”

The trade came with less than 14 hours to go before the 3 p.m. ET deadline, marking the second blockbuster Brooklyn has been involved in this week. The Nets sent polarizing star Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Wojnarowski provided a compensation update shortly after the initial news, reporting that Brooklyn is acquiring Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, four first-round picks and a 2028 pick swap for Durant and TJ Warren.

The picks, according to Wojnarowski, will come without protections in 2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029.

Durant has not played in a game since Jan. 8 but is averaging 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists on the season. His arrival to Phoenix will give the Suns a second 25-plus point per game scorer alongside Devin Booker.

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