Begley: Third teams won’t help Nets trade Kevin Durant

Ian Begley, updating the news on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, writes on Friday that one thing keeping KD trade talks stalled is that the teams are unwilling to work with Brooklyn in multi-team deals.

Begley writes:

Late last month, several people familiar with the Nets’ Kevin Durant talks were pessimistic about the possibility of a deal being reached in the near future.

Some of the pessimism stemmed from the idea that, as of last month, there was little appetite in the market for teams to serve as third or fourth teams to facilitate a Durant trade.

“Nobody wants to help (Brooklyn get a deal),” one team remarked.

While most internet rumors point to KD heading elsewhere on a straight second-team deal, it’s even more likely that any trade involving a player as big as Durant is a multi-team deal. .

The SNY reporter didn’t discuss whether Durant might want to raise him after asking for a trade from Joe Tsai on June 30, just hours before his four-year, $198 million contract kicked in. However, as Brian Lewis and Shams Charania noted recently. , Irving is in “good place” with the Nets.

A source close to Irving said this week the seven-time All-Star is in good shape with the Nets and comfortable heading into the 2022-23 season.

Irving opted into his expiring $36.5 million contract on June 29.

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