5 Kevin Durant trades the Suns should consider this offseason

The Suns should take a hard look at these Kevin Durant trades.
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The Phoenix Suns were swept in the first round of the playoffs, despite their massive payroll and Big 3. Trading for Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal gutted their depth but gave them three All-Stars at the top of their payroll. Phoenix made the NBA Finals in 2021 and wants to compete for championships. Owner Mat Ishbia made it clear he believes in this team, but their on-court performance suggests they are not title contenders.

The Suns are projected to be over the second tax apron, which will limit their ability to improve their roster. They cannot aggregate salaries in a trade or take back more money than they send out. Phoenix is limited to minimum signings and bringing back Royce O’Neale unless they decide to trade KD.

Durant was rumored to be unhappy (subscription required) with his role and may request a trade. The Suns should get ahead of the situation and try to get back some depth to build out their roster around Devin Booker. There will be interest in KD, and the Suns should seriously consider these hypothetical deals.

5. Kevin Durant returns to Golden State

This one only happens if Durant requests a trade and only has the Warriors on his wish list. Golden State has just two first-round draft picks to trade, and the Suns could get considerably more elsewhere. The Dubs may try to make up for it by adding young talent, but they cannot give up so much that it prevents them from contending.

KD and the Warriors broke up just five years ago. Does he have interest in going back? How much is Golden State willing to give up to get him? It would likely cost Jonathan Kuminga and all their draft capital. Could the Suns convince them to give up more? It would force the Warriors to make difficult financial decisions too. This offer still feels light, but it is nearing reasonable.

Durant to GSW

Andrew Wiggins struggled mightily last season but was an All-Star in 2022. Jonathan Kuminga is still improving and is blossoming into a plus-scorer with size. Brandin Podziemski, Kevon Looney, and Trayce Jackson-Davis all improve the Suns’ depth and give them a quality rotation to roll out around Devin Booker.

This trade likely does not get done because the Warriors won’t part with all of their young talent and do not have enough draft capital to sweeten the deal. Still, Phoenix may be forced to consider their package if Kevin Durant wants to return to the Bay Area. There will certainly be better offers, but KD figures to have some say in his destination.