Just days after Kyrie Irving forced his way out of Brooklyn and into the Western Conference, Kevin Durant is doing the same.
Late Wednesday night, Durant was traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder (since traded to Milwaukee) and four unprotected future first-round picks.
New Suns owner Matt Ishbia took control of the franchise on Tuesday and made it clear that he wanted to make a splash. That he was able to land Durant without sacrificing one or more of DeAndre Ayton, Chris Paul, or Devin Booker is a huge accomplishment, one that should see them among the favorites in the Western Conference.
This puts an official end to the superteam that the Nets assembled. Durant, Irving and James Harden all arrived to win a championship three years ago, and they all left via trade requests after playing a total of 16 games together.