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Nets to acquire forward Royce O’Neale from Jazz

Apr 10, 2022; Portland, Oregon, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Royce O'Neale (23) dribbles the ball while defended by  Portland Trail Blazers point guard Brandon Williams (8) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets are set to acquire forward Royce O’Neale from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a first-round draft pick, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

ESPN reported the Jazz will receive a Nets 2023 first-round pick, whichever is the lowest of the three opening-round picks they have next year. The Nets have their own first-round pick in 2023, plus one each from the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers.

The news comes on the same day it was reported that Nets star forward Kevin Durant has requested a trade, with the Phoenix Suns or Miami Heat Durant’s preferred destinations, according to ESPN.

O’Neale, 29, has started in all 148 games he has appeared in over the past two seasons for the Jazz. He averaged 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 31.2 minutes last season and has averaged 6.2 points with 4.8 rebounds over 370 career games (230 starts), all in Utah.

–Field Level Media