Trade rumor rankings: Jaylen Brown, Russell Westbrook and more




 

With things on the NBA trade market at a standstill, there is still plenty of scuttle to discuss, as the rumors are hot and rampant regarding some of the biggest names in the Association.

The most important players still being discussed include Kevin DurantKyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell.

To get all of the latest details, just scroll below, as we discuss the five players who have appeared most often in trade rumors over the past week, as seen on our Trade Rumors page.

Russell Westbrook (LA Lakers)

Russell Westbrook during a game
Russell Westbrook during a game  

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There hasn't been much outside of speculation on the Russell Westbrook trade front this week, with one Los Angeles reporter speculating that the start of training camp, a mere six-or-so weeks away, might be a soft deadline for the Lakers to trade their ill-fitting point guard:

There was also a report from our very own Michael Scotto which discussed a potential blockbuster deal featuring Westbrook, the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks:

In all, it'll come down to how much draft capital the Lakers are willing to part with to get rid of Westbrook.

For the latest Russell Westbrook rumors, click here.

Jaylen Brown (Boston)

 

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It appears that despite the hugely successful season the Boston Celtics just had, Jaylen Brown is still being discussed in trade talks, though, in fairness, it isn't for any old player but for former league MVP, Durant.

According to The Athletic, Boston's theoretical package for Durant features Brown as its centerpiece:

That might not be enough for Boston to land Durant, however, as, according to another report, the Brooklyn Nets originally asked for both Brown and Jayson Tatum in trade talks for the future Hall-of-Fame wing:

The Nets likely aren't serious with that trade request and are likely biding time in hopes that Durant will reverse course and decide to stay in Brooklyn.

For the latest Jaylen Brown rumors, click here.

Donovan Mitchell (Utah)

 

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It should come as no surprise, but this week, a report on the Mitchell trade front contended that the Knicks remain the strongest frontrunner for the star 2-guard based on what the Jazz reportedly want for Mitchell: a lot of draft assets.

That's according to The Athletic, at least:

Regardless, Tony Jones, who covers the Jazz for The Athletic, said this week that he doesn't think a trade between the Knicks and Utah is imminent:

We'll see how long this staring contest between the Jazz and Knicks lasts, or if another team swoops in and takes Mitchell from Utah.

For the latest Donovan Mitchell rumors, click here.

Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn)

 

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This past week, there has been a whole lot of tomfoolery regarding Irving and the possibility he gets traded, with Irving and his camp flat-out refuting two reports that came out about him.

First, the New York Post reported that Irving 'hates' Sean Marks and Steve Nash, the team's general manager and head coach, respectively, thinking the former is bad at his job and the latter, terrible.

Irving then came out, via his agent (who is also his step-mother) and straight-up said that was not the case:

Then, Ric Bucher reported that Irving wants an extension, one that will allow him to play in 60 or fewer games per season, believing anything over that number of games to be inhumane.

Again, Irving refuted that, this time via his own Twitter account:

The only real reporting on the Irving trade front this week came from Shams Charania, who said that Irving's plan remains to be a Net this upcoming season:

Which brings us to his teammate.

For the latest Kyrie Irving rumors, click here.

Kevin Durant (Brooklyn)

 

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There were some interesting items reported about Durant this week, with the most noteworthy coming from Charania and The Athletic, who dropped a bomb on us, stating that Durant had informed Joe Tsai, owner of the Nets, that it was either the team trades him or they fire Marks and Nash to keep him:

Although that seems like an easy decision for Tsai to make considering Nash's coaching, or lack thereof, since being hired by Brooklyn, that does not appear like the path the team's owner will be taking based on his tweet the evening following that report:

So Durant remains up for grabs.

Later in the week, SportsNet New York added that the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are now among the teams Durant sees as preferred trade destinations:

Finally, Marc Stein reported that league execs are speculating that the me-or-them demand by Durant to Tsai was actually a plot to get the Nets to lower their asking price for the 12-time All-Star:

That would be quite the interesting move by Durant and Co., but crazier things have happened in the NBA.

We'll see what happens but for now, it doesn't appear we are any closer to a Durant trade.

For the latest Kevin Durant rumors, click here.

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