NBA trade rumours 2022: The trade news on Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and others

NBA trade rumours 2022: The trade news on Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and others

Kevin Omuya
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:06 PM

This summer, there have been numerous NBA trade rumours. Along with some other intriguing changes, specific influential names, like Kevin Durant, have gained attention. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been at the centre of most rumours during the past 24 hours. With a lot of ground to cover, let us first look at the NBA trade rumours for 2022.

NBA trade rumours 2022 Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant #7 and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets talk during their game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center on March 31, 2022, in New York City. Photo: Al Bello
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Seeing the two potential players don new outfits next season is exciting, especially with a trade package for both on the horizon. Toronto and Utah are the sources of more trade rumours. However, further developments appear improbable as the Toronto Raptors continue to hold onto their star rookie and the Utah Jazz continue to hold onto their lone superstar.

NBA trade rumours 2022 Brooklyn Nets

NBA trade rumors 2022 brooklyn nets
Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards in action against Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on March 21, 2021, in New York City. Photo: Jim McIsaac
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According to rumours, only the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in dealing for Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, and the deal's main selling point has been a Russell Westbrook exchange. The two sides, however, do not appear to agree on who or what else should be added after the two. Recently, it was disclosed in the most recent article by Brian Lewis of the New York Post that the Nets do not want to include Joe Harris in any deal to trade Irving.

“I know the Nets absolutely do not want to trade Joe under any scenario. But there are just thousands of different ways this can play out,” a source told the post.

This is interesting since the Nets want to include Joe Harris in the deal and Kyrie Irving, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, who announced over the weekend. However, Seth Curry appears to be the Lakers' top priority.

The two teams are reportedly still debating draft compensation, with Brooklyn seeking multiple selections as an inducement to sign Russell Westbrook to a $47 million contract. Given the contradictory rumours, it will be interesting to see which players the Nets and Lakers decide to trade.

It is evident that the Lakers want to get Irving and LeBron James back together, but what are they prepared to give up to get him? Irving is still under contract with Brooklyn through the 2021–2022 season, so there isn't any rush to sell him right away.

NBA trade rumours for the Lakers in 2022

NBA trade rumours for lakers in 2022
Russell Westbrook, #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball during the first half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on April 05, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Christian Petersen.
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Are LeBron James and Kyrie Irving back together? Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are reuniting, if only briefly. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Nets and Lakers discuss an outstayed trade for prominent players and lucrative contracts. Haynes wrote:

“There’s palpable optimism that an agreement can be struck between the two sides this offseason, but there remain a few hurdles, sources said. Draft compensation is an ongoing talking point for the Nets and they want shooting guard Joe Harris — who is recovering from left ankle surgery — and his remaining $38.6 million owed over the next two years included in the deal, sources said. The Lakers have been disinclined to the inclusion of Harris, and are instead seeking the insertion of sharpshooter Seth Curry as part of the arrangement, sources said.”

Before the start of free agency, Westbrook and Irving both chose to sign big contracts to remain in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, respectively. While the banged-up Lakers could not advance, the Nets were swept in the Eastern Conference playoffs opening round.

Before Irving demanded a trade, James and Irving shared a championship in Cleveland. Irving went on to damage bridges in Boston and outstayed his welcome in Brooklyn, the team's hand-picked destination with Durant. Before Durant left for Golden State in free agency, Westbrook was never better than when he and Durant were a part of a young team in Oklahoma City.

Kevin Durant’s likely destinations

Kevin Durant's likely destinations
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates his three-point shot against the Boston Celtics during the Eastern Conference on April 25, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo: Elsa
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There must be a lot of clubs phoning to inquire about their chances of signing Durant now that a full-fledged bidding war has started. We evaluate Durant's five most likely destinations as a potential blockbuster trade draws nearer, considering assets and Durant's preferences.

  1. Brooklyn Nets
  2. LA Clippers
  3. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers
  5. Memphis Grizzlies

NBA confirmed deals

NBA confirmed deals
Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the Semifinals of the NBA Playoffs at Chase Center on May 07, 2022, in San Francisco, California. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson
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Since the clock struck midnight on Thursday, there has been a free-agent frenzy in the NBA as several famous athletes signed record-breaking contracts to remain the faces of their respective teams. In addition, a few well-known players will also be donning new uniforms in 2022–2023.

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns and a four-year, $224 million supermax extension were also reached. Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies and a four-year, $226 million designated rookie extension were also reached.

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and a five-year, $264 million supermax extension were also reached. Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves and a four-year, $224 million supermax extension were also reached.

James Harden ($47.4 million) and Bradley Beal ($36.4 million) turned down their player options on the verge of free agency. Minutes into free agency, Beal agreed to a five-year, $251 million contract with the Washington Wizards, but Harden is still without a deal. Deandre Ayton, a centre for the Phoenix Suns, is one of the most prominent names still available.

The summer's most important story is still developing, so the basketball community constantly checks Twitter in anticipation of new developments. For example, the Miami Heat and the Suns were the two teams that Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant requested a trade on Thursday.

Kyrie Irving, a teammate of Kevin Durant, decided to exercise his $36.5 million player option on June 27. However, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Irving's future in Brooklyn is now in doubt when it was revealed that Durant and Irving still want to play together, just not in Brooklyn.

When can NBA teams start trading in 2022?

Free agency started at 6:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2022. At least then, teams and athletes can begin contract negotiations. After the moratorium period is lifted on July 6, contracts won't become binding.

While the Nets evaluate sizable trade offers, it appears that Durant's NBA trade rumours for 2022 remain put for the time being. However, things of this kind sometimes arise out of nowhere, so don't be surprised if the former league MVP is dealt with at an unexpected time.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.