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Suns to acquire two-time MVP Kevin Durant in trade with Nets

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (R) is headed to the Phoenix Suns as part of a five-player trade that also involves four first-round draft picks. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI
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Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The Brooklyn Nets agreed to trade All-Star forward Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets in a deal that includes five players and four first-round picks.

Sources told ESPN, The Athletic and Bleacher Report about the agreement Wednesday night. The deal came just two days after the Nets agreed to trade All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks.

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The Suns are to send Durant and fellow forward T.J. Warren to the Suns in exchange for forwards Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, first-round draft picks in 2023, 2025, 2027 and 2027, respectively.

The teams also agreed to the right to swap first-round picks in the 2028 NBA Draft.

Durant, 34, averaged 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game through his first 39 starts this season. The 13-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA selection, four-time scoring champion, two-time champion and two-time MVP averaged 29.9 points per game last season.

Durant, who joined the Nets in a 2019 trade from the Golden State Warriors, is under contract through 2025-26. He is to make $44.1 million in 2022-23 and $54.7 million in the final year of his current deal.

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Warren, 29, averaged 9.5 points per game through the Nets' first 26 games this season. He hits free agency this off-season.

Bridges, 26, averaged a career-high 17.2 points per game through 56 starts this season for the Suns. The No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft is signed through 2025-26.

Johnson, 26, averaged a career-high 13.9 points per game through 17 appearances this season for the Suns. The No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is playing on a team option and is set to hit free agency this off-season.

Crowder, 32, averaged 9.4 points per game through his first 67 appearances this season. He also will likely be a free agency this off-season.

The Suns (30-26) will face the Atlanta Hawks (27-28) at 7:30 p.m. EST Thursday in Atlanta. The Nets (32-22) will host the Chicago Bulls (26-28) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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