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"Why in the world would you again hitch your horse to Kyrie Irving?" - Chris Broussard questions Kevin Durant's reasoning for playing with Nets guard again

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were an epic failure as partners in Brooklyn.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were an epic failure as partners in Brooklyn.
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Kevin Durant reportedly worked hard behind the scenes to get Kyrie Irving a long-term max deal with the Brooklyn Nets. As team owner Joe Tsai stood firm, Irving ultimately caved and opted into his contract.

After realizing he wouldn't get what he wanted in Brooklyn, Durant asked Tsai for a change of scenery. The stage is now set for a reunion with the enigmatic point guard somewhere else, as Irving could also be shipped out in the coming weeks.

Speaking on "The Odd Couple" podcast, Chris Broussard simply couldn’t believe why KD would continue to push for a chance to play with Irving:

"What is KD thinking!? You can be buddies on different teams. Why in the world would you again hitch your horse to Kyrie Irving!?
"If this is true, it's damning. Damning, I tell you! Why? Wouldn’t you rather play with Damian Lillard and a host of others?"
"Well, what Kevin Durant looks like, quite honestly, is a lost soul. On the one hand, I might say he looks like when the going gets tough, he gets out of dodge...Why not run it back? They didn't even give it a shot!"📺@Chris_Broussard https://t.co/YIjBoqTYCv

A few days ago, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that the LA Lakers could be preparing a package to bring Durant and Irving to Hollywood.

If that were to happen, the Lakers would have to let go of Anthony Davis, who they have reportedly refused to consider in trade discussions.

Report: The chance that the Lakers trade Anthony Davis is zero, they don’t plan to enter the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, per @sam_amick https://t.co/3xCAZVBGJx

Kevin Durant is interested in playing for the Miami Heat but not without Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry.

Brooklyn will not even consider Miami if two of those players and more are involved in a trade.

There’s a ‘significant obstacle’ on the Kevin Durant to Miami trade front, per @sam_amick “Durant, it seems, would only want to play on a Heat team that includes Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry.” (Via theathletic.com/3395908/2022/0…) https://t.co/c1kbRjtF3F

Ditto for the Phoenix Suns, who can’t trade Devin Booker for a few reasons. It remains to be seen if the Brooklyn Nets will bite on the offer of Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and a slew of picks.

With the way teams are set up, it’s nearly impossible for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to play for the same team again.

Irving's declining value poses a major obstacle to their reported goal of playing together again. Teams will line up for Durant, but they’ll try to avoid Irving if they have a choice.

Kyrie Irving Next Team IF Traded from the Nets:LA Lakers - 1/3New York Knicks - 5/1LA Clippers - 6/1Kevin Durant Next Team IF Traded from the Nets:Phoenix Suns - 1/1Miami Heat - 7/2Toronto Raptors - 4/1New Orleans Pelicans - 6/1LA Lakers - 7/1via @betonline_ag

The two players may wish to be part of the same team again, but it's unlikely to happen. The All-Star Game is probably the only time they will be teammates again.


The Brooklyn Nets have nearly all the leverage in Kevin Durant trade talks

The Brooklyn Nets hold all the cards in trade talks with Kevin Durant.
The Brooklyn Nets hold all the cards in trade talks with Kevin Durant.

Kevin Durant still has four years remaining on his contract, which makes him a mouthwatering prospect for almost any team. He can’t veto any trade the Brooklyn Nets come up with. Durant may push for a move to the Phoenix Suns, but the Nets are not obliged to listen to him.

One thing going for the Suns is that they have one of the most attractive packages Brooklyn can get for the former MVP. Even without Devin Booker, a package of Bridges, Ayton, Cam Johnson and future first-round picks will be tough to match for any other team.

Report: A Phoenix trade for Kevin Durant would “very likely center around the maximum 4 1st-Round Picks” and the Nets ability to swap picks with the Suns, via @Gambo987 https://t.co/ZdgYGzDxwx

The Toronto Raptors also emerged as dark horses in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.

Adrian Wojnarowski had an interesting take on how Masai Ujiri’s team can spring a surprise:

"I think a team that's lurking is Toronto. They have all the kinds of pieces that you would want and their picks to do a deal for Kevin Durant. Masai Ujiri, you saw the chance he took on Kawhi Leonard."
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Where KD ends up playing next season is anyone's guess. However, it looks certain that whichever team he plays for, it’s not going to be with buddy Kyrie Irving.


Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh
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