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The Five Best Teams Who Can Trade For Kevin Durant

Nearly 24 hours later, the NBA world is still in shock over Kevin Durant’s trade request from the Brooklyn Nets. The two-time NBA Finals MVP is likely to generate the kind of interest rarely seen by any player that’s suddenly available, but the questions are who will be pursuing him and at what price?

And while there’s no doubt about Durant’s ability to play at a high level— he was placed on the All-NBA second team after averaging 29/7/6 this season– it does exist regarding his soon-to-be former team. Even during this era of player empowerment and movement, the Brooklyn Nets can’t get forced to trade Durant to his chosen place.

With four years remaining on his contract and a desire to either compete for a title or land a massive haul for him, the Nets and Durant could stay together beyond this summer. But what are those odds?

Below are the five best teams who can trade for the accomplished superstar.

Phoenix Suns

After the initial shock of Durant’s trade request, another one came in the form of his most- preferred trade destination: the 64-win and No. 1 seeded Phoenix Suns.

Upon looking at their roster and assets, there’s an immediate offer that makes sense– Mikal Bridge, Cam Johnson, Deandre Ayton, and an assortment of first-round picks. The only thing to be discussed is if the Nets trade Ben Simmons elsewhere. Under the Designated Rookie rule, a team can’t have more than two players who signed four or five-year extensions after their rookie deals, and only one can be acquired through a trade.

This rule is huge because Simmons signed a massive five-year extension in Philadelphia before being traded, and Ayton is in line for a massive contract this summer.

Miami Heat

Like Phoenix, Miami is another title contender that ranks high on Durant’s list of trade destinations, yet; they have a critical asset that can’t get traded to Brooklyn because of the Designated Rookie rule (Bam Adebayo). But is that enough to stop a deal?

If anything, the Heat could offer a package of Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, and a third player attached with first-round picks unless the Nets decide to trade Simmons elsewhere, as mentioned in our Suns discussion.

Memphis Grizzlies

Could you imagine if KD returned to the Western Conference as a Grizzlie? It’s certainly possible given the team’s salary cap situation, their immensely talented, young superstar in Ja Morant, and a trade package headlined by dynamic-two-way big man, Jaren Jackson Jr.

Golden State Warriors

Talk about what would be a full-circle moment? But when looking beyond the jokes and chaos Durant’s return would create, the Warriors could offer a fair exchange for their former superstar— the newly-motivated Andrew Wiggins, a certified bucket in Jordan Poole, and 2020 No. 2 overall pick, James Wiseman.

Toronto Raptors

Hey, you better not sleep on the Raptors in these trade discussions. Besides the brotherhood Durant has with superstar musician and Raptors ambassador Drake and Masai Ujiri being an incredible dealer, the Eastern Conference competitor has several attractive trade assets.

Anyone between All-NBA forward Pascal Siakam, reigning Rookie of the Year, Scottie Barnes, and OG Anunoby could start a return for the Nets– especially with various picks involved.

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What Could Happen at NFL’s Trade Deadline?

As the NFL inches closer to the halfway point of its new 18-week regular season, the league has a huge stop to make next Tuesday (Nov. 2nd): The trade deadline. While the NFL’s trade deadline is hardly as action-packed as the NBA’s version, the entire football world looks forward to this occasion because of the anticipation that a big move or two might occur. Here are three predictions of what will happen next Tuesday. 

Deshaun Watson won’t be traded

Although trade rumors about the alleged serial sexual assaulter/Texans quarterback continue to swirl, the reality of Watson’s situation is that he won’t be traded until there’s more clarity about the ongoing criminal investigation about him; it’s still a mystery when the findings of the investigation will be announced, but it’s almost definitely not going to happen by next Tuesday.

Beyond the moral reprehensibility of trading for a player who has been accused of sexual assault by over 20 women, no team would be willing to meet the Texans’ asking price of multiple first-round picks without the reassurance that Watson would be able to play soon, which seems unlikely. More, Watson has a no-trade clause in his contract and seems intent on forcing his way to the Miami Dolphins, further cooling the trade market. 

The Ravens will trade for someone but who?

In addition to already making a litany of moves in free agency this season to replace their raft of injured players, the Ravens have a reputation as one of the most-willing traders across the NFL, especially at the trade deadline. In fact, the Ravens have traded for a player at the season’s midway point for the past three seasons (RB TY Montgomery in ’18, CB Marcus Peters in ’19, and pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue last season).

Despite racking up a 5-2 record to start the year, their roster has glaring holes at multiple positions that need to be addressed for the team. Namely, the Ravens could benefit from acquiring a running back, cornerback, and an offensive lineman. Accordingly, it seems extremely likely the Ravens will make a trade; the question is who they’ll actually trade for. As of now, it seems most likely that Baltimore will add a running back, if only because productive veterans like Marlon Mack and Ronald Jones should be available for cheap. 

Teams will trust their practice squads more than ever

We’re used to brushing by news of practice squad transactions, but there’s a reason why every team has been deeply invested in having a practice squad as a way to nurture young talent. Besides offering insurance against injuries, practice squads are important because they offer a place to stash talented, raw players so that they can learn the scheme and be prepared to step up if needed.

If this year’s trade deadline is quieter than previous years, it’s likely because teams believe in their practice squad players to contribute down the stretch, thereby lessening the need to trade for veterans from another team. And honestly, who could blame them? Given the state of college football and how much it’s improved in recent years, there’s been a growing slate of practice squad players who could capably hold their own—and even excel—if given the chance at this level.