Kevin Durant trade scenario: Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson and every Suns player, draft pick available in possible deal with Nets
The NBA world is buzzing about a potential Kevin Durant deal following the news that the Pacers have reportedly offered Deandre Ayton a four-year, $133 million max offer sheet.
While Phoenix has 48 hours to match that offer, it comes with some baggage. If the Suns let Ayton walk for nothing in return, there is a No. 1 overall pick-sized void in their frontcourt. If they match the offer, Ayton still cannot be included in a potential deal for Durant, as he won’t be able to be dealt until Jan. 15, 2023, and will have the power to veto any trade for a calendar year.
How does all of this impact the chance of Durant landing in Phoenix, which was one of his preferred destinations?
Take a look at the assets the Suns could move to land the all-time great below.
What the Suns can trade for Kevin Durant
Ayton, Devin Booker, Damion Lee, Bismack Biyombo and Josh Okogie all cannot be included in a deal for Durat because they each have signing restrictions. Everyone else on Phoenix’s roster is available.
Value-matching aside, the Suns would also have to get in the realm of Durant’s salary of $44.1 million for the 2022-23 season in a deal.
|Chris Paul||$28.4 million|
|Mikal Bridges||$21 million|
|Jae Crowder||$10.2 million|
|Landry Shamet||$9.5 million|
|Dario Saric||$9.2 million|
|Cameron Payne||$6 million|
|Cameron Johnson||$5.9 million|
|Torrey Craig||$5.1 million|
Available draft picks
The Suns have full control of their future first- and second-round draft picks.
|First round||Second round|
Available trade exception(s)
The Suns have their Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level exception ($10.5 million) and their Bi-Annual exception ($4.1 million) available for use.
It’s important to note that only one of these exceptions may be used in a season and they cannot be combined.