The opt-in of Kyrie Irving might have convinced Kevin Durant to remain with the Nets, but if the NBA superstar does indeed want out of Brooklyn, he’ll be able to get out. Durant has been seriously mulling over his future with the Nets, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, and was considering his options before the Irving’s development Monday. It seems possible Durant could force a trade given the Nets still could trade Irving this offseason or next season.
The Knicks are seemingly desperate to shed salary so they can sign Jalen Brunson in free agency. That means offloading salaries and potentially productive players, and that’s where the Celtics could enter the conversation. The C’s are interested in trading for the Knicks’ Alec Burks, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.