KD Trade: More to it than meets the eye
Our latest around-the-league notes package, filled with newsy tidbits, leads off with the transaction that rocked this trade deadline more than any other
The NBA's 2022-23 trade deadline will be recorded as the first in league history in which three players with at least eight All-Star appearances were dealt in-season.
The flurry started when Kyrie Irving was traded to Dallas.
Then future Hall of Famer and former MVP Russell Westbrook was shipped to Utah as part of a three-team construction featuring Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers.
And then Kevin Durant — Kevin Durant! — was traded back to the Western Conference with Phoenix in what became a four-team thunderbolt that also included Milwaukee, Indiana and, of course, Durant's now-former team in Brooklyn.
Because the Kyrie-to-Dallas blockbuster materialized four days before the trade buzzer sounded, it gave the whole week an edge most NBA trade deadlines never carry.