Ranking 12 Phoenix Suns free agent targets with ties to Kevin Durant

Phoenix Suns, Kevin Durant. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Phoenix Suns, Kevin Durant
Phoenix Suns, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Kyrie Irving

Durant and Irving certainly have a long history together, including the 2016 Olympics where Team USA won the gold medal. Most famously, they paired together in Brooklyn for three and half seasons where there was more drama than on-court wins. The Nets briefly had a “Big 3”, but they could not hold it together and ended up winning just one playoff series with the two superstars on their roster.

Kyrie was dealt to Dallas just days before Durant ended up in Phoenix. The duo’s status is a question mark at this point. There were rumors of them not speaking since leaving Brooklyn. Fans saw their lack of engagement during their lone regular-season meeting as foes, and Durant’s latest comments made it seem like maybe even he does not know where he stands with Kyrie.

Still, talent trumps all in the NBA, and few players are as talented as Irving. If the Suns want a point guard upgrade over Chris Paul, Kyrie is likely the best player available. Would KD welcome a reunion in Phoenix after everything that happened with the Nets? Irving could be looking to leave Dallas after their abysmal end to the season, and the Suns were rumored to be interested before the Mavs traded for the 6’2 guard.

How will the Phoenix Suns improve their roster this summer? They have limited assets but will be eager to add talent and depth. Stay tuned to see what they can get done.