Kevin Durant Next Team, Nets NBA Championship Betting Odds After Report Indicates Former MVP Wants GM, Coach Fired
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Kevin Durant would stay with the Nets if the general manager and head coach combination of Sean Marks and Steve Nash are fired from the organization, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on Monday.
The news comes more than a month after Durant formally requested a trade from the Nets.
No trade has come close to materializing due to a confluence of factors, including Durant's limited wish list and the Timberwolves' trade for Rudy Gobert drastically inflating the market.
Nets owner Joe Tsai said in a statement on Monday that "our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets."
In the midst of this standoff, Nets futures odds haven't budged a bit. The Nets are still +1400, ninth-best favorites at DraftKings to win the title next season, indicating the market may think Durant will stay in Brooklyn for the time being.
The Nets are also still tied as second-best favorites to win the Eastern Conference at +650. FanDuel and BetMGM don't have the Nets listed on their NBA Championship or Eastern Conference champion markets, but they do have prices on "to make or miss the playoffs."
The Nets' odds to make the playoffs are -400 at BetMGM and -375 at FanDuel as of Tuesday morning.
The teams in contention to trade for Durant are the Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns, all of whom have the requisite space and capital to reach for the future Hall of Famer.
But, the Nets are currently the favorites at -140 to retain the former MVP.
The Raptors are the next-best favorites at +350. Toronto can offer Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes in addition to a host of first-round picks, although the team has leaked that Barnes is unavailable in a potential Durant trade. Whether that's true or a bargaining feint remains to be seen.
The Suns are +425 after having been favorites to land Durant for the better part of a month. Re-signing Deandre Ayton to a four-year, $179.6 million deal helped mitigate the possibilities of a trade, with Ayton now ineligible to be moved without his consent for a year.
Last are the Heat at +700, which have already publicly stated that they're moving forward with the current iteration of their roster.