• Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets.
• The Nets fell from +800 to win the 2022-23 NBA Championship to +5000 after the news broke.
• Durant has +200 odds to go to the Phoenix Suns, and Suns center Deandre Ayton has +700 odds to go to the Nets.
NEW YORK – Kevin Durant is planning to leave the Brooklyn Nets, with the Nets apparently working with him in finding trade destinations.
The Nets were a top four team in terms of pre-season NBA Championship odds, with +800 odds at many sportsbooks.
In the immediate aftermath of the trade, Bovada pulled their NBA odds entirely, while the Las Vegas SuperBook dropped the Nets from +800 to +5000.
Staying near the top of the board were the reigning champion Golden State Warriors (+600) and the Los Angeles Clippers (+600), who now have one less top level competitor to deal with.
Other movers included the Phoenix Suns (+550) and the Miami Heat (+800) – two teams that were named as desirable destinations for Durant – as well as the two teams that were the #1 seed in each conference last season.
The Suns are now the favorite to win the NBA championship in 2022-23, as an NBA finalist two season ago and being heavily involved in the Durant sweepstakes.
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Odds For Kevin Durant’s Next Team
- Phoenix Suns +200
- Miami Heat +400
- Brooklyn Nets +500
- Philadelphia 76ers +600
- Memphis Grizzlies +1000
- New York Knicks +1400
- Atlanta Hawks +1400
- New Orleans Pelicans +1400
- Portland Trail Blazers +1600
- Boston Celtics +1600
- Toronto Raptors +1600
Indeed, the Suns are currently favored to win Durant’s services, with rumors of a trade involving disgruntled center Deandre Ayton swirling.
Ayton, whom the Suns declined to sign to a max extension last offseason, could now benefit the franchise on the way out if the Nets are interested in his services.
Notably, Ayton’s odds to go to Brooklyn shot up a few days ago, moving from around +6000 to +700.
This could have been indicative of either sharp action moving the lines – meaning people in the betting public knew Durant was going to ask to go to Phoenix – or of the online sportsbooks knowing Durant’s desires.
The Nets are currently in the luxury tax, meaning they’d have had no way to sign Ayton outright – a trade was the only mechanism possible to acquire him.
It seems likely that either the sharps or the books – or both – knew that this Durant news was coming.
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