Teams already preparing in case Kevin Durant becomes available?

Anyway, teams are reportedly in the process of preparing the Nets star that may be available in the coming days. So says ESPN insider Zach Lowe in a post-NBA draft episode of his Lowe Post podcast: “I can tell you this. This is what teams do. Teams are already operating under, not the assumption, but “we need to prepare for the unforeseen circumstance that Kevin Durant will be available through trade in six days or seven days.” … The whole competition is now.”
Source: RP Salao @ Link Points

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kevin O’ConnorKevinOConnorNBA
New podcast with @Logan Murdock with seven lingering NBA Draft questions about Brunson, the Spurs, Ayton, Gobert, John Collins, Wolves, Bulls and the Durant-Irving situation @ringer…8:34 PM

The last three players to draft the Thunder/Sonics into the top five have become MVPs:
— Kevin Durant
—Russell Westbrook
— James Harden
Chet is next.

Kristian Winfieldcrisscrossed
Nets fans I’ve been phoneless (and have been for another hour), but that quote from KD speaks for itself. † 3:45 pm

Kyrie Irving rumours: Kevin Durant says he ‘can’t be involved’ as Nets teammate thinks about future…14:47

Vivek Jacobvivekmjacob
Koloko says his favorite player is Kevin Durant which is why he wears 35… 13:18

Aaron RoseAaronBenRose
Koloko says he wears No. 35 because he grew up loving Kevin Durant – 13:18

Ira WindermanIraHeatBeat
Those folks at BetOnLine, who seemingly can’t get enough of the NBA rumor mill, have Heat at 5/2 favorites as Durant’s next team if he leaves Nets. Heat 4/1 third pick on Kyrie’s next team when he leaves Brooklyn. † 1.14 pm

Wes Goldbergwcgoldberg
Miami Heat are the favorites to land Kevin Durant if he leaves the Nets, per @betonline_ag o’clock

Ryan WardRyanWardLA
As for Kevin Durant, the Heat prefers to land KD if he takes off from Brooklyn. Lakers have 12/1 odds, according to @betonline_ag:

Brian LewisNYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant says he’s staying out of Kyrie Irving talks on ‘dangerous’ #Nets time. #NBA… through @nypostsports12:52 pm

Anthony ChiangAnthony_Chiang
Per BetOnline, the odds of Kevin Durant’s next team if he leaves Nets:
Heat 5/2
Grizzlies 4/1
Hawks 9/2
Suns 5/1
Clippers 11/2
Knicks 6/1
Trail Blazers 15/2
Thunder 8/1
Lakers 12/1
Warriors 14/1
It’s worth pointing out that Durant still has four years left with the Nets. † 12:49 pm

Zach LoweZachLoe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: @Bobby Marks@Jonathan Givony summarize the concept + look ahead to free agency: Nets, Kyrie, fake KD trades, Ayton, DET/ORL draft evictions, Sixers trade, deals that haven’t happened (but might have), more:
Apple: pm

Sirius XM NBASiriusXMNBA
Kevin Durant is reportedly keeping tabs on Kyrie Irving’s situation and brooding over his own future in Brooklyn.
@Amin Elhassan explains what it all means on No Look Pass.

Shandel RichardsonShandelRich
Is KD the next step? #miamiheat…11:44 am

Jorge Sierrahoop hype
Who is the best player you would trade for Kevin Durant? † 10:16 am

Sirius XM NBASiriusXMNBA
With Kevin Durant “watching” the Kyrie situation in Brooklyn, could he be on the move this summer?
@Brian Scalabrine advocates for the #Celtics to be KD’s next team. am

Joe CowleyJCowleyHoops
Bulls fans who drank the KD Kool Aid and thought he would be a Bull by the end of the draft. am

More this storyline

There are rumors that if Irving eventually leaves the Nets, Durant could also ask. For Windhorst, the Heat could do something to trade for KD after the situation exploded in Irving. “The godfather’s step is not to trade for Kyrie Irving. The godfather’s step is to detonate the Kyrie Irving situation and then wait for Kevin Durant to say he wants to get out of there. That’s the Miami Heat movement,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s Get Up† -through Linking Points / 25 June 2022

Durant admitted he didn’t think the Warriors were considered a dynasty until they won this most recent championship. But while he’s proud of the Warriors, he didn’t seem to realize how people thought he would see the Golden State return to the mountaintop. “L have some pride — like damn I was part of something special, even if it was just two of the four championships,” said Durant. proud to be a part of it† “But then you listen to the broadcast and it’s like, ‘Well, KD should be feeling this way,’ and it’s like, ‘Oh, here we go.’ They can’t let me enjoy what they do instead of turning me against them because I will always side with them.” -through East Bay Times / 25 June 2022

Responding to a question from Eddie Gonzalez of the Etcs podcast, Kevin Durant said he is not involved with his teammate and friend Kyrie Irving’s free agency, adding, “I just let things play and see what happens,” adding, “Whatever happens, the friendship will still be there.” … “It’s not involvement at all. I can’t be involved in it,” he said. “This is this man’s livelihood. This is much bigger than me. As a free agent it is one of the most important moments in your career. That cannot be influenced by anyone else. I just do me and wait for the time. Nothing can happen now. I don’t think he can even make a decision about opting out until the 29th, I guess. I’ll just let things play and see what happens, but keep in regular contact with Kai and see what happens. It’s something I have so little control over that I don’t want to be a part of it. We’ll see what happens.” -through NetsDaily / June 24, 2022

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