Last season, Kevin Durant showed no signs of leaving the Brooklyn Nets anytime soon. After signing a multi-year contract with Brooklyn following a stint with the Golden State Warriors, Durant decided to relaunch with an extension last offseason.
But in today’s NBA, an overtime doesn’t guarantee a player will be happy until it expires. Just a year after signing a maximum extension with Brooklyn, Durant is looking to move on.
At the start of the offseason, the former MVP officially requested a trade. Although there hasn’t been a ton of movement to deal with Durant lately, the star striker has once again reiterated his interest in moving on this past weekend.
At first, only two teams were tied to Durant. The first organization to appear on Durant’s radar was the Phoenix Suns. Eastern Conference champions Boston Celtics became the second.
Now, it looks like the Philadelphia 76ers could be in the Durant toss. Not only Ian Begley of SNY report that high-ranking members of Philly’s front office like the idea of suing Durant, but the Brooklyn Net star also sees the Sixers as a desirable landing spot.
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Considering Durant wasn’t thrilled with James Harden in February after forcing his way out of Brooklyn to join the Sixers, it seemed highly unlikely Durant had any interest in heading to Philadelphia early in the offseason.
However, it looks like Durant and Harden have put their past issues behind them, according to ESPN Ramona Shelburne.
“From what I’m told, the Sixers had conversations with the Nets a few weeks ago. It’s no surprise the Sixers had those initial conversations. Every team in the league has had those conversations. What’s remarkable is the idea that Durant has an interest in Philadelphia and a reunion with James Harden. …
“From what I’m told, both former teammates are back on good terms now despite Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn just six months ago.”
One would assume Harden and Durant were on better terms last weekend when the two NBA superstars were spotted in London at a Travis Scott concert.
But as time ticks on and the 2022-23 NBA season draws near, it’s becoming clear that Durant no longer has any issues with Harden, which could be a plus for the Sixers if they’re serious about making a deal for him. land the future Hall of Famer.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for All76ers, a Sports Illustrated channel. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.