A surprise team has entered the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Memphis Grizzlies have shown interest in teaming up Durant with star Ja Morant.
Recently, a new team has shown interest in Kevin Durant, sources tell @ShamsCharania.
The Memphis Grizzlies.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) August 22, 2022
Via The Athletic
“Recently, a new team has shown interest in Durant: the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell The Athletic. Fresh off a 56-win season, the Grizzlies have made new inquiries to the Nets about Durant, those sources added. Memphis has five first-round draft picks available (four unprotected selections of its own and one protected via Golden State in 2024) to utilize in a trade as well as young players like Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane, Ziaire Williams, Brandon Clarke, Kennedy Chandler and David Roddy.”
“Moments after The Athletic reported that Durant had requested a trade back in June, a tweet from Grizzlies star Ja Morant caught a lot of attention for its obvious pro-Durant sentiment.”
The Grizzlies have a slew of first-round picks but apparently don’t want to include Jaren Jackson Jr. or Desmond Bane in a trade.
The Grizzlies have five first-round picks to theoretically utilize in a Kevin Durant trade, but sources say that they will not make Jaren Jackson Jr. or Desmond Bane available. More details: https://t.co/v0E9k9pA4s https://t.co/rqj9nZaxwI
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 22, 2022
The Celtics are still the frontrunners in a trade for Durant because they’re reportedly offering Jaylen Brown in exchange for the Nets star.