Kevin Durant trade odds: Boston Celtics favored, Phoenix Suns not out of running for star

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Recent odds are not counting the Phoenix Suns out of the Kevin Durant trade sweepstakes just yet.
Recent odds are not counting the Phoenix Suns out of the Kevin Durant trade sweepstakes just yet.

Some NBA writers and sites have reported that the Phoenix Suns were out of the Kevin Durant trade sweepstakes.

But some new odds for the NBA superstar's next team indicate that those reports may have been premature.

OddsChecker released updated odds for Durant's next team on Thursday and the Phoenix Suns are second in odds to acquire the Brooklyn Nets star, at +350.

Only the Boston Celtics, at -175, have better odds to trade for Durant, according to the site,

The site has the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors each at +400 in its odds, with the Portland Trail Blazers rounding out the Top 5 at +900.

It includes seven other teams in its odds: The Memphis Grizzlies (+1200), Los Angeles Clippers (+1400), New York Knicks (+1600), Atlanta Hawks (+1600), Los Angeles Lakers (+1800), Oklahoma City Thunder (+2200) and Chicago Bulls (+2200).

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Interestingly, in OddsChecker's previous odds, the Suns had been at +700 to trade for Durant, behind the Celtics (-200) and Warriors (+350).

The Miami Heat had been fourth, at +750, with the Trail Blazers fifth at +900.

The odds are in contrast to recent comments made byseveral NBA writers and analysts, including Fox Sports' Chris Broussard, who said that the Suns were out of the sweepstakes to land Durant.

"Guys aren't listening to me. I'm not saying it's 100 percent, but where is he going," Broussard recently said on FOX Sports' First Things First. "We see teams dropping out every day. Phoenix is out. Miami is out. Toronto is out. What's the deal to be made?"

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Speculation surrounding Durant and the Suns ran rampant since it was reported that the star had requested a trade from the Nets and had Phoenix as his preferred destination.

The speculation cooled after Phoenix matched the Indiana Pacers' offer sheet for Deandre Ayton, taking a valuable trade chip for Durant for the Suns off the table.

But the latest odds seem indicate that Phoenix isn't quite out of the sweepstakes for Durant, yet.

Could the Suns still find a way to get the NBA superstar in Phoenix?

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Reach Jeremy Cluff at jeremy.cluff@arizonarepublic.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeremy_Cluff.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Kevin Durant trade odds: Celtics favored, Suns have shot at Nets star