The Kevin Durant trade saga took another twist on Monday when The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that a new team is interested in the superstar.
Memphis, which is coming off a 56-win season, has recently made inquiries to the Nets about Durant, according to Charania’s sources. The Grizzlies have five first-round draft picks available that could be used in a trade package, along with multiple young role players, although several of them will reportedly not be made available.
Plenty of teams have expressed interest in one of the league’s premier players over the last few months. The Celtics offered All-Star Jaylen Brown, guard Derrick White and a first-round draft pick in July, while Atlanta offered John Collins, De’Andre Hunter and a draft pick, according to sources.
Meanwhile, Toronto has refused to make Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes available, while Miami has not centered a package around Bam Adebayo. The 76ers, Bucks and Nuggets have all inquired with the Nets to get an idea of the asking price as well. Durant has four years and $198 million remaining on his Brooklyn contract.
Grizzlies star Ja Morant had a tweet make headlines when Durant originally requested a trade in June, tweeting “easy money” after the report surfaced.
Offshore sportsbook BetOnline has been offering odds regarding a potential Durant trade throughout the past few months. Boston was the -150 favorite to land him one month ago, but the Celtics have been shifted to the +150 ‘chalk.’ Phoenix has bounced from -125 to +400 to its current price of +200.
The Grizzlies were adjusted from 12-1 to +300 following Charania’s report on Monday. They are now listed ahead of the Raptors (+550), Heat (+600) and 76ers (+750) in the prop market.
BetOnline also opened several other markets on Monday, including a two-way prop on Durant to be traded before the start of the regular season. The sportsbook does not think the Nets will be able to find a deal that they like, listed ‘No’ as the -400 favorite and ‘Yes’ at +250.
They also have a four-way market on when Durant will be traded (push if no trade is made), with Sept. 1-start of the 2022 regular season being listed as the +160 ‘chalk.’ Bettors can also take on or before Aug. 31 at +250, after the start of the 2022 regular season but before Jan. 1 (+600) and after Jan. 1 but before 2023 trade deadline (+225).
BetOnline has Steve Nash priced at -1500/+600 to be the head coach in the team’s season opener in a few months. The Nets were without Joe Harris and Ben Simmons for the majority of last season, but both of them are expected to be available this year. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving also opted into his $37 million player option, committing to the 2022-23 campaign in Brooklyn.