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Kevin Durant Trade is being watched by rockets after landing draft picks from nets

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets in hopes of trading for Phoenix Suns star Kevin Durant, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

The Rockets received rights to the Suns’ 2027 first-round pick, which Wojnarowski reported would make it “easier” for Houston to trade for Durant.

“Suns have said they are keeping Durant for now, but that could change next season,” Wojnarowski wrote. “But now Houston has the choice to make the Suns whole again.”

The Nets received back their 2026 first-round pick, previously owed to the Rockets, as part of the deal.

The Rockets also acquired the right to trade their 2025 first-round pick, which currently belongs to Houston or the Oklahoma City Thunder, for the Suns’ 2025 first-round pick, Wojnarowski reported.

The team is giving up their right to trade for the Nets’ 2025 first-round pick as part of the deal.

Houston also earned the Suns and Mavericks’ most favorable first-round picks in 2029, as well as the right to trade their own first-round pick for the set’s less favorable pick, Wojnarowski said.

With the opportunity to control the Suns’ 2025, 2027 and 2029 picks, the Rockets have now recouped some of the draft capital the Suns sent to Brooklyn as part of their trade for Durant in 2023.

However, Wojnarowski noted that Houston isn’t entirely planning on using these picks to trade for Durant, who currently has two seasons left on his contract with the Suns.

“As intrigued as the Rockets are about Durant, they are committed to using the Suns picks to be aggressive on deals elsewhere now,” Wojnarowski wrote.

The Rockets could still use the picks to make a deal with the Suns even if they don’t pursue Durant. Wojnarowski noted that Houston is “in a great position” to make an offer for Phoenix guard Devin Booker.

Durant is entering his age-36 campaign but remains a trade target after averaging 27.1 points in 75 starts last season. The Suns will have to decide whether to capitalize on that value or dial things back with their core trio of Durant, Booker and Bradley Beal.