Is Deandre Ayton The Key To Kevin Durant Odds?

Written By Eli Hershkovich on July 7, 2022 - Last Updated on July 9, 2022
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When the two-time NBA Finals MVP initially requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, the Phoenix Suns immediately surfaced as the betting favorite among Kevin Durant odds. The implied probability has dipped slightly since then, but details have also emerged about how restricted free agent Deandre Ayton could impact the Durant market.

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How Ayton Plays Role In Kevin Durant Odds

Within the NBA championship odds board, Phoenix () currently possesses the second-shortest price tag. That’s a credit to the Kevin Durant odds, as bettors and sportsbooks alike are anticipating the Suns to upgrade their title hopes.

On top of that, Phoenix is still Durant’s preferred destination (according to NBA insider Shams Charania as of Tuesday) in hopes of pairing his talents with three-time All-Star Devin Booker.

While the Suns remain the odds on favorite for Durant’s services, the Nets reportedly aren’t interested in acquiring the aforementioned Ayton. Hence, general manager James Jones would likely need a third team involved in any Durant deal, requiring Ayton’s approval as well.

Surprisingly, market interest for the big man hasn’t been very sizable. The Detroit Pistons were first rumored to obtain Ayton, but those reports have cooled off. Even though the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio are suspected to be in the mix, they’re each in the midst of a rebuild and boast their own budding forces in the middle (Jakob Poeltl, Jalen Smith and Isaiah Jackson).

Which Team May Upend Suns In Durant Sweepstakes?

Enter the Toronto Raptors, which have seen their Kevin Durant odds shrink from +3500 to +175 at PointsBet and +350 at DraftKings, respectively. Masai Ujiri, their president of basketball operations, could headline a package with the likes of Pascal Siakam and either Scottie Barnes, the 2021-22 NBA Rookie of the Year, or OG Anunoby.

Remember, the Raptors pulled off a blockbuster deal for Kawhi Leonard in July 2018 before winning the title in the ensuing season. Could Ujiri & Co. swing for the fences once again?

Over at DraftKings, the Nets are tied with the Raptors for the second-shortest odds — with the potential for them to retain Durant very much in play. Brooklyn isn’t listed an option at PointsBet while the Golden State Warriors are +1000 to reacquire him.

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