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Trade deals between Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have yet to gain traction: report


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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving may be the focus of the Brooklyn Nets’ offseason as they seek trades for both players, but neither team has taken the bait yet.

According to ESPN on Sunday, there has been no traction on the deals involving Durant and Irving. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers haven’t been aggressive enough in their pursuit of the Nets’ star point guard.

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Nets’ Kyrie Irving pats teammate Kevin Durant during a Celtics game.
(Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The frenzy around Durant and Irving began last week with the opening of NBA free agency. Durant requested a trade from the Nets and Brooklyn began buying offers for Irving, who exercised his player option after failing to find a signing and trade partner.

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Durant has since sent an encrypted tweet before deleting it.

“Those who were locked in this gym with me know what it is, they know what I’m talking about,” he wrote. “If you haven’t been there with me, ask around.”

Trade deals between Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have yet to gain traction: report

Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving, right, and Kevin Durant celebrate after a basket against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center, Sunday, April 10, 2022, in New York.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Durant has been mentioned in trade rumors with the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat. The Golden State Warriors were also mentioned as a team to watch.

What could it take to get Durant out of the Nets? The Athletic reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves “made several calls” to the Nets to see what they would like for Durant.

Brooklyn was apparently looking for “established All-Stars and a mountain of picks.” The Timberwolves were unwilling to part ways with Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns. The team then acquired Rudy Gobert in a massive deal.

Trade deals between Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have yet to gain traction: report

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant takes on Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris on December 16, 2021 in New York City.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Irving was only mentioned in deals with the Lakers, although NBC Sports Philadelphia reported that the 76ers had internal discussions about him, but there were no discussions with the Nets.

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