While Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant recently backed down on his request to be traded away, it is by no means a done deal that he'll be sticking around for the long haul. One team that has the assets to get a deal done if and when Durant decides he wants to finally bolt out of Brooklyn is the Chicago Bulls.
How can the Bulls make this happen?
A player of Durant's caliber—12-time All-Star, two-time Finals MVP, and one-time league MVP—will always fetch a hefty price on the trade market. The Nets will undoubtedly be looking for a king's ransom in return for Durant, and the Bulls have the assets to make it happen. A package composed of All-Star wingman Demar DeRozan, promising forward Patrick Williams, guard Coby White, and a cache of lottery picks would be enough to get the job done.
This move would immediately turn the Bulls into title contenders in a wide-open Eastern Conference while also giving them one of the league's best cores for years to come. Imagine a starting five of Durant, All-Stars Zach Lavine and Nikola Vucevic, Alex Caruso, and Lonzo Ball—now that's a team that could do some serious damage in the playoffs.
The ball is in the Bulls' court
Whether or not the Bulls pull the trigger on a trade for Durant remains to be seen, but they certainly have the pieces to make it happen if a scenario were to emerge. It would be a bold move that would put them back into contention in the East. With Durant in his prime at 33 years old, it could be a window of opportunity that they cannot afford to pass up.
On the other hand, Brooklyn may not be ready to give up on Durant just yet, especially after he signed a four-year contract worth nearly $200 million in 2021. They'll likely give it another season to see if Durant can stay healthy and coalesce with fellow All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons. But if things don't go according to plan, don't be surprised if the Bulls come calling.