The Suns will send Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, four first-round picks and additional draft compensation to the Nets for Durant, a 13-time All-Star who averages nearly 30 points per game.
Fans, fellow NBA athletes and the mayor of Phoenix all took to social media to voice their reactions. "That is insane," one fan, Joe Brooks, told NPR. "I can't believe that they actually did it."
The mortgage executive has agreed to buy a majority stake in the NBA and WNBA teams from Robert Sarver, who is serving a one-year ban from suspension after a report on his toxic behavior.
Robert Sarver, who owns 35% of the Suns and Mercury, says he's looking for buyers after he was disciplined by the NBA for abusive behavior. His cited the "unforgiving climate" for his decision.
Robert Sarver, the majority owner in Phoenix, faces increasing pressure from sponsors and members of his organization after a league investigation found he'd used racial slurs and demeaned employees.
The NBA says Suns owner Robert Sarver used racially insensitive language in the workplace, treated female employees unequally, made sex-related statements, and sometimes bullied employees.
League officials say the comprehensive investigation into Robert Sarver will determine whether they will take action against the team owner.