NBA Futures Update: Suns favored to land Kevin Durant

BetOnline has Phoenix installed as the favorite to acquire Kevin Durant in a trade with Brooklyn.

It seemed unlikely that Kevin Durant would be traded when the offseason began, but that sentiment changed rapidly when he requested a trade from Brooklyn last week.

He signed a four-year contract extension that has just kicked in, meaning his next team will have him through 2026. Durant’s request stemmed from friction between the Nets and Kyrie Irving, who ultimately opted into the final year of his contract after being unable to find a sign-and-trade option from his preferred list of destinations.

The Lakers were the only team interested in giving Irving a max contract, but they did not have a good enough trade package to offer. He opted into his $37 million deal last Monday.

The entire NBA will now watch and see what happens with Durant, who is one of the top players in the sport. He averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists last season, but he only played in 55 games during the regular season due to an MCL injury.

Last week, offshore sportsbook BetOnline released a prop regarding Durant’s next team (if traded). Miami opened as the +275 ‘chalk,’ while Memphis and Portland were both +400. Atlanta (+550), Phoenix (+600) and the Clippers (+650) were the next teams on the list of potential suitors.

There has been some significant movement since then, with the Suns now priced as -125 favorites to land Durant at BetOnline. Toronto (+200) and Miami (+750) are the only other teams currently listed inside of 10-1.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi reported that Miami and Phoenix are among Durant’s preferred destinations, but that the Nets are not planning on catering to his wishes. Another possibility is a reunion with Golden State, who Durant won consecutive titles with in 2017 and 2018.

The Warriors, who are 10-1 in the prop market, are reportedly not pushing the front office to acquire Durant, but the team’s stars are “open” to the idea,” according to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. Brooklyn is seeking an All-Star player and multiple first-round draft picks in return for Durant, according to a Wojnarowski report on Sunday.

“I think the Nets are trying to create an outline for the rest of the league about the kind of package they would want back in a Kevin Durant trade,” Wojnarowksi said. “I think the Rudy Gobert trade to Minnesota started to frame that.”

Several teams saw their NBA title odds drop after Durant requested the trade, including the Suns, Heat and Lakers. Boston became the +600 favorites at the Westgate SuperBook after acquiring Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari, while Phoenix has shifted to +650.

“The adjustments we made on the Suns and Heat are based on speculation,” Westgate NBA oddsmaker Jeff Sherman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We had Phoenix at 12-1. But we can’t leave them at 12-1 with the speculation because we’d be flooded with support. If they got Durant and still had the core of the Suns with Chris Paul and Devin Booker, there would be another large adjustment down.

“We would probably have Phoenix about 3-1.”

Miami moved from 12-1 to 10-1, but Sherman said the SuperBook would bump the Heat back up to 12-1 if they do not acquire Durant. The Lakers moved from 22-1 to 10-1, despite being priced at 16-1 to land the superstar.

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