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“You’ve heard horror stories of a guy finding out on Twitter or on TV that they got traded” - Alex Caruso says players are realizing business side of NBA in light of Kevin Durant’s trade request

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on April 23, 2022 in New York City.
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on April 23, 2022 in New York City.

Kevin Durant could be on the move for the third time in six seasons. Following an unsuccessful spell with the Brooklyn Nets, the forward has requested a trade despite having four years left on his contract.

Before his stint with the Nets, KD managed to clinch two championships in three seasons alongside Steph Curry and Draymond Green at Golden State. But he chose to leave the Warriors in order to play alongside good friend Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn,

On JJ Redick's "The Old Man and The Three Podcast," Alex Caruso was questioned about why players try to get out of their contracts and change teams. The former Laker said that players have begun to treat the game as a business and look out for themselves at every opportunity.

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"It just hit me somebody said it like the players are finally treating this like the teams and the organizations have for so many years," Caruso said.
"They finally are realizing the business side of this, like okay, I have leverage, I'm an asset let me make this work to the best of my ability, because if the organization or the team has a chance to upgrade they're going to upgrade."
"For so many years you see, you've heard horror stories of guys finding out on Twitter or finding out on TV that they got traded and I think it's finally just to the point where players are like 'all right well, I'm gonna do the same thing."

Will Kevin Durant find success with the Phoenix Suns?

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets looks to pass during the first half of the Eastern Conference 2022 Play-In Tournament against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center on April 12, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets looks to pass during the first half of the Eastern Conference 2022 Play-In Tournament against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center on April 12, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Kevin Durant has listed the Phoenix Suns as his preferred destination if he leaves the Nets and the franchise is reportedly working towards acquiring the forward.

The Suns have hinted that they might include Deandre Ayton in a sign-and-trade deal for Durant.

The Phoenix Suns have matched the Indiana Pacers’ four-year, $133 million maximum offer sheet on Deandre Ayton, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Ayton stays in Phoenix.

The Nets are in no rush to move Durant and are waiting for the right offer to come their way. If they cannot strike a deal, they would be more than happy to keep him on their books for another season.

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Edited by Chad Marriott
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