Kevin Durant trade unlikely to happen this week?

Either way, ESPN’s Zach Lowe said on the Hoop Collective podcast Monday (7:30 mark) that he believes people around the NBA would be surprised if Durant was traded before the Feb. 9 deadline this season: “I’ve been saying since the James Harden trade [last season] that it just feels like the inevitable end of this is that [Durant] asks for a trade a second time, having already done it for the first time. I just don’t know how likely that is, or when it would happen. Around the league, I think there would be some surprise—even within the Nets—if it happened in the next four days. Because that’s an avalanche of stuff happening in a very short amount of time that all of the league needs to prepare for if it becomes a thing.”
Source: Timothy Rapp @ Bleacher Report

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Dan Favale @danfavale
kd texting cam thomas after getting his number from nets pr PM

Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Jacque Vaughn when asked if Kevin Durant wants to stay in Brooklyn long term after Kyrie trade:
“I’m not going to speculate and get in Kevin’s mind at all. Not going to try to do that. I’m going to coach this group [and] look forward to coaching them.” – 10:23 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Jacque Vaughn said he would not be the one to have a conversation with Kevin Durant on how he feels about the organization. Kept it to the game. – 10:17 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Jacque Vaughn said Kevin Durant told him “great fight” after tonight’s loss.
JV did not have an update on KD’s status. We’re expecting one tomorrow. – 10:13 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant left the building without stopping to answer multiple questions. #nets10:04 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Kevin Durant just left building being escorted by a pr guy. Did not answer questions or make eye contact. Very un-KD. – 10:04 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Either Spencer Dinwiddie or Fred VanVleet is probably gonna be Brooklyn’s starting point guard for the rest of the season, but I really hope they give Cam Thomas a few bench minutes per night to just cook without a veteran PG or Durant on the floor. He’s got something. – 9:56 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Impressed with the Clippers in that win. Could def. argue they should have beaten the Nets without KD and Kyrie (or the pieces coming back), but that’s a tough environment with all the emotions/Camsanity. Could easily have folded in a reg season Feb game. Instead, stayed calm. – 9:56 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Was Durant at the #Nets game tonight? – 9:56 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
I don’t want to overreact to two games but Cam Thomas has had the crowd eating out of his hands the same way they do when KD and Kyrie have (or had) it going. – 9:46 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Wrote last year about Cam Thomas and the education he got from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. With Irving gone it seems like Thomas is applying what he learned:…9:43 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
When Kevin Durant returns he will have to find his role in this offense. It’s Cam Thomas’s team now. – 9:39 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
The Kyrie Quit On All-Stars
G: James Harden
G: Jaylen Brown
F: Jayson Tatum
F: LeBron James
F: Kevin Durant
Marcus Smart
Kevin Love
Al Horford
Sources: Team is eyeing Luka Doncic in either the summer of 2023 or 2024 – 8:31 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
KD on the bench is a good sign for Nets. – 8:12 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD is at Barclays now sitting on the Nets’ bench. – 8:10 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant is here on the bench tonight. – 8:08 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
For those wondering after he wasn’t at Nets-Wizards the other night: Kevin Durant is at Barclays Center tonight as Nets take on Clippers. – 8:07 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Cam Thomas is sick of people saying the post-Kyrie Irving Nets are made up of Kevin Durant and role players. – 8:01 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Cam Thomas has hit his first four 3s. He’s 8-for-9 from deep in his last two games. Very curious to see his role when KD is back and DFS and SD are here. Nets are going to need his scoring. – 8:00 PM
Throwback to Team Durant playing cards before the 2022 All-Star Game 😂 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from Barclays. Nets-Clips tips shortly in game one of a back-to-back. Suns tomorrow. Dinwiddie and DFS ain’t here yet. It’s the Cam Thomas show against Kawhi and PG. A win would exceed the number of games won w/out KD during last year’s MCL sprain. Updates to come. – 7:34 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Starters for tonight’s game vs. L.A. Clippers: Sumner, Thomas, Harris, O’Neale and Claxton…..
This is a long way from Harden, Durant, Kyrie, etc. that we once thought would lead Nets to the promised land. – 7:03 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
So does anyone else think it’s a little convenient that KD is seeing a doctor right now. Most doctors I don’t don’t hold office hours at 6 p.m. – 6:57 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Nets make Kyrie Irving trade official, but will Kevin Durant buy in?…6:42 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
🗣New @HardwoodKnocks
📋 Kyrie Irving Trade Fallout
—Mavs, Kyrie
—Nets, KD
—Luka Doncic
—Impact on rest of the NBA trade deadline
📺 PM

Barbara Barker @meanbarb
KD currently getting evaluated by doctors and an update will be given tomorrow. PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Jacque Vaughn said Kevin Durant is being evaluated today and the team will provide an update tomorrow.
Durant recently said on his podcast that a return before the All-Star break is his ideal time to come back. – 5:51 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Jacque Vaughn has not talked to Kyrie Irving since the trade talk came down. He’s talked to KD about the Wizards game. – 5:51 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Ben Simmons is out tonight vs Clippers. “Available” but Nets play tomorrow.
So Nets down KD, Kyrie, Ben, Seth Curry vs Clippers. – 5:49 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant is being looked at by doctor’s today. Nets will have an update on him tomorrow. – 5:48 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier: Are Miami Heat back in the Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal game?…5:37 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
The flip from “Can the Raps get KD?” to “Can the Raps help the Nets keep KD?” let’s you know how quickly this league can move. – 5:01 PM
Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
You’re damn right KD should request a trade!!!!! Carry the hell on… PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
The Nets have had conversations with Toronto surrounding Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam per @Marc Stein.
The goal is clear: find a second scoring option for Kevin Durant before Thursday’s deadline. – 4:45 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
START one, BENCH one & CUT one 👀
🇺🇸 Kevin Durant
🇸🇮 Luka Doncic
🇺🇸 LeBron James PM

StatMuse @statmuse
KD as a Net:
29.0 PPG
7.1 RPG
5.8 APG
Led the Nets in PTS and REB in that stretch. PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
I thought we were done with Jaylen Brown for Kevin Durant trade rumors last summer but here we are. Some fresh thoughts about a surprising rumor…3:06 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
What does Kevin Durant think of the Kyrie Irving deal?
Ian Eagle tries to guess as he talks with @Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine #NetsWorld PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Jaylen Brown is signed for 1 more year. Beyond the #Celtics’ reasons for not doing a hypothetical deal, it makes no sense for Brooklyn now either.
I was a big advocate for pursuing Durant after the playoff-long offensive debacle, uncertainty over Brown’s future. Not anymore. – 2:01 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
FWIW: Kyrie Irving has the second-best scoring average in Nets history at 27.1 ppg.
Only KD ahead (for now). – 1:45 PM
Bill Ingram @TheRocketGuy
If the #BrooklynNets really do trade KD to the Celtics for Brown, the #HoustonRockets should send a nice gift basket to Kyrie Irving and consider retiring his number. They own BRK’s first round pick. – 1:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Oh yeah. A whole day (or days!) of spin about JB for KD based off what seemed like an offhand comment.
Trade Deadline Week for the win! – 1:05 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Lowe Post/Hoop Collective joint podcast: @Brian Windhorst I and break down the Kyrie trade that happened and the ones that didn’t; fit in Dallas; LeBron impact; KD impact; much more:
Spotify: PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
It’s been 18 hours since the Kyrie trade and I’ve moved into “Kinda wish the Phoenix trade happened if that was true” // “CP3 + KD as teammates!” mode. – 11:00 AM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
It certainly is interesting that Dallas takes this Kyrie risk as part of a plan to mitigate Luka asking out when Durant asked out from Kyrie 7 months ago. A very high risk high reward play by the Mavericks – 10:15 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Would a yacht be enough to convince KD? 🚤…9:50 AM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
A couple of Nets notes from @Bobby Marks on @KeyJayandMax:
1. Ben Simmons has no value around the league right now in any potential deal.
2. If the Nets decide to move KD — their return would be greater this summer than it would be before Thursday’s trade deadline. – 9:37 AM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
The Nets are reportedly not done making moves after trading Kyrie Irving to the Mavericks Sunday.
My top 6 trade targets for Brooklyn as they attempt to rebuild a contending roster around Kevin Durant:…9:22 AM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Nets success is now directly tied to KD’s ability to be great. But @Spencer Dinwiddie is really good — and wants to be in Brooklyn. Finney-Smith is another versatile defender the Nets can throw at Tatum/Brown/Harden/Middleton in the playoffs. This team is going to be tough. – 8:27 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Mike James reacts to trade deadline rumors about Kevin Durant
What else could Monaco use to tamper KD to #EuroLeague? 😂 AM

More on this storyline

Ian Begley: Kevin Durant is being examined by Nets staff today, Jacque Vaughn says. There may be an update on his health status after the game. Vaughn isn’t sure if Durant will attend tonight’s game at Barclays Center. -via Twitter @IanBegley / February 6, 2023

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