Phoenix Suns co-favorites for NBA title after Kevin Durant requests trade

Jun 30, 2022, 2:17 PM | Updated: 2:57 pm
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets claps during the first quarter of Round 1 Game 1 of the 2022 N...
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets claps during the first quarter of Round 1 Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Kevin Durant sweepstakes have heated up in the desert after reports surfaced Thursday that the All-Star has not only requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, but chose the Phoenix Suns as a preferred landing spot.

It didn’t take long for sportsbooks to adjust accordingly.

FanDuel sportsbook has the Suns and Golden State Warriors as co-favorites to win next year’s NBA title at +600. The Miami Heat, another team Durant has reportedly mentioned as a top spot for his services, sit sixth at +1000.

The Los Angeles Clippers (+650), Milwaukee Bucks (+700) and Boston Celtics (+700) round out the top five teams with the best odds at taking home the 2022-23 NBA championship.

Before the Durant news dropped, Phoenix had title odds of +900 on FanDuel.

FanDuel isn’t the only sportsbook to believe Durant is headed to the Valley, either.

DraftKings has the Suns as the undisputed favorite to land the forward at -105. The Heat are just behind the Suns at +275, followed by the Nets (+800) and Clippers (+900).

As for who DraftKings currently likes for next year’s NBA Finals, the sportsbook has the Clippers (+550) and Warriors (+550) ahead of the Suns (+600).

Durant would undoubtedly boost a Suns team looking to return to the NBA Finals after a second-round exit at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks this past postseason.

Last season for the Nets (55 games), Durant averaged 29.9 points on 51.8% shooting (38.3% from long range) to go along with 7.4 rebounds and a career-high 6.4 assists over 37.2 minutes per outing.

Penguin Air


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Phoenix Suns

(Twitter photo/@LWashingtonTV)...
Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns’ open practice draws terrific turnout north of 10,000 fans

The Phoenix Suns' open practice at Footprint Center on Saturday drew well north of 10,000 fans, a huge jump in attendance from the year prior.
22 hours ago
Josh Okogie #2 of the Phoenix Suns poses for a portrait during NBA media day at Events On Jackson o...
Kellan Olson

Suns G Josh Okogie to be reevaluated in 2 weeks due to hamstring strain

Suns guard Josh Okogie has been limited in training camp due to a left hamstring strain and will be reevaluated in two weeks, per the team.
2 days ago
Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns stands on the court with Mikal Bridges #25, Devin Booker #1 and C...
Arizona Sports

Phoenix Suns favorite to win West, says projection from ESPN

It should be noted that ESPN's model considers the past three years, where many of the same Suns players have produced and remained healthy.
3 days ago
Cameron Johnson #23 of the Phoenix Suns attempts a three-point shot over CJ McCollum #3 of the New ...
Kellan Olson

Monty Williams confirms Cam Johnson will start for Phoenix Suns this season

It was more or less presumed to already be the case but Monty Williams on Thursday confirmed that Cam Johnson will be starting.
3 days ago
Chris Paul #3, Cameron Johnson #23 an Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns react during Game Four ...
Kellan Olson

Suns sprinting out of gates at camp thanks to continuity for players, coaches

An extended break in the offseason for the Phoenix Suns and even more continuity has them scrimmaging right away to start training camp.
3 days ago
Owner Robert Sarver of the Phoenix Suns attends the NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Pho...
Arizona Sports

Tumultuous week led to Suns owner Robert Sarver’s decision to sell

A new report details more behind-the-scenes information that resulted in Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver's decision to sell the team.
4 days ago
Phoenix Suns co-favorites for NBA title after Kevin Durant requests trade