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Suns get All-Star Kevin Durant in trade with Nets – KGET 17

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns pulled off a midnight blockbuster on Wednesday, acquiring 13-time All-Star Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets, according to multiple reports.

The outlet, citing unnamed sources, said the Suns added Durant to a starting lineup that already includes an All-Star backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, along with center Deandre Ayton.

Phoenix sent Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, four first-round picks and additional draft compensation to the Nets.

The Suns also receive forward TJ Warren in the deal.

The 34-year-old Durant continues to play at an elite level, averaging nearly 30 points per game this season. Durant and the Suns were linked in trade rumors last summer, but nothing materialized until Wednesday.

The trade comes just hours after new Suns majority owner Mat Ishbia was unveiled in Phoenix. The self-proclaimed basketball nut, who played at Michigan State under Tom Izzo, wasted no time shaking up the NBA.

Phoenix has never won an NBA championship. The Suns made it to the Finals two seasons ago, but lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games. They also played in the finals in 1976 and 1993.

The quartet of Durant, Paul, Booker and Ayton appears to immediately turn the franchise back into a title contender.

The Suns have had a few injuries this season, but have played better in recent weeks. They jumped to fifth place in the Western Conference with a record of 30-26. Booker (groin) and Paul (hip) recently returned.

Durant is currently recovering from a sprained ligament in his right knee, but is expected to return soon.

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