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Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets could become trade partners again

Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets could become trade partners again

Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets could become trade partners again

It’s been nearly 18 months since the Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns pulled off one of the most shocking off-season trades in recent memory, sending Kevin Durant to Phoenix just before the deadline in February 2023.

That offseason, the Suns signed Bradley Beal just one year into his contract for $251 million. Now, his three years and just over $160 million is one of the worst contracts in the NBA. It should be one of the most untradeable contracts in the league, but not for the Nets.

Perhaps the Suns would be willing to conjure up one of their few future assets and package it in a trade with the Nets for Ben Simmons, who will make $40 million this season but is a free agent.

The deal would not only save the Suns about $10 million in cap space, but it would also get them out of the Beal deal early, which could help them over the next two summers.

The Nets would keep Beal as their main player, which would put them back in a position of power. However, the Nets would likely be one of the worst teams in the league, just like the Wizards were when Beal was their best player.

While the Nets would have to endure Beal’s contract for three seasons, their title window won’t open anytime soon, so a trade like this could work in their favor.

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