Sixers News: Kevin Durant sees Boston and Philadelphia as desired landing spots
New reports came out today in regards to the Brooklyn Nets and trade talks surrounding Kevin Durant.
According to Ian Begley of SNYTV, Kevin Durant sees two teams as potential landing spots. Durant has reportedly told the Brooklyn Nets that he would like to be traded to the Boston Celtics or the Philadelphia 76ers. Durant wants to play with Marcus Smart in Boston or the combination of Joel Embiid and James Harden here in Philadelphia.
“Something worth noting: As of earlier this week, there were high-ranking members of the Sixers who’ve felt strongly about engaging with Brooklyn on a Durant trade.”
The Sixers would almost certainly have to include Tyrese Maxey in a trade for Durant. Given the dynamics at play, you’d think that Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and other players/draft picks would be included.
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A package centered around Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris would be pretty attractive for Brooklyn. Maxey is one of the top emerging young guards in the league. Also, Harris is a New York native and is viewed as a high-character guy. Both have previous playing experience with Ben Simmons.
Side Note: I’m not even going to entertain Philly sports talk radio hosts who continue to float around the idea of trading Joel Embiid for KD and forming a trio of Durant, Harden, and Maxey in Philly. That’s absurd and anyone who says that should be thrown in jail.
Regardless of these reports, the Brooklyn Nets will have the leverage in trade talks unless Durant wants to go the Ben Simmons route and refuse to play basketball until he is moved out of Brooklyn. Either way, it appears both sides are heading for a divorce. It will be interesting to see whether or not the Nets make a move before training camp, where things could really start to escalate if KD is a no-show.
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