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3 Realistic Sign-and-Trade Destinations for Kevin Durant

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 24:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by by Maurice Harkless #4 of the Portland Trail Blazers during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of  the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center on April 24, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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With recent news breaking that Kevin Durant could be used as a sign-and-trade option, where are the most likely destinations? A sign-and-trade would allow Durant to make $50 million more in a max deal over the course of a few seasons, although it must be delayed a few months per NBA rules. With Durant out for the 2019-20 season, he has all the time in the World.

3. New York Knicks

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 08:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Kevin Knox #20 of the New York Knicks at ORACLE Arena on January 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors | Ezra Shaw

Perhaps the most obvious on the list, the Knicks have been gunning for Durant since it was determined he would hit the open market. They have the cap space to take on the contract and they have assets to send back to Golden State, including Kevin Knox or Mitchell Robinson, should the Warriors demand.

2. Brooklyn Nets

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during a game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on November 3, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets | Alex Goodlett

With the Nets reportedly frontrunners to land Kyrie Irving, they could very well position themselves to land Durant as well. Brooklyn has several young assets and could even swing a D'Angelo Russell sign-and-trade, should the Warriors wish. They also have young assets such as Caris LeVert and Jared Allen. Brooklyn would accelerate their contending process considerably by making such a deal.

1. Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 26:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors waits in the backcourt, scoring 50 points, in a 129-110 win over the LA Clippers during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Six | Harry How

With rumors of Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant teaming up in free agency, could KD head to LA in a trade? Such a deal would likely have to give considerable young talent back to the Warriors in return, such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Ivica Zubac or even Montrezl Harrell. Just months after surprisingly pushing the Dubs to 6 games, the Clippers could steal their best asset.