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The Boston Celtics were not thought to be among the most likely landing sites when Kevin Durant asked the Brooklyn Nets for a trade and his list of favorite destinations was made public. But if they were prepared to part with Jaylen Brown, they were always a viable option. That was huge if, but it seems the Celtics are in fact considering a trade for Durant that would be a blockbuster.
According to Shams Charania, the Celtics “emerged as a legitimate danger to get Durant” after making an offer to the Nets for a Brown-based deal, which they rejected and retaliated by demanding more.
The Celtics offered Brown, guard Derrick White and a draft pick to the Nets for Durant, sources said. The proposal was rejected, and Brooklyn has asked Boston — in any proposal — to include Brown, Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, draft picks and potentially one more rotation player, those sources added. Currently, the Celtics are less inclined to include Smart along with multiple other player or pick assets, but the franchise is mulling over next steps on how to approach discussions.
As of right now, the Celtics have emerged as a serious possibility as a landing spot for Durant. They have tremendous interest in bringing him in and view him as a piece that could take them over that final hurdle. Although there is work to be done, there is a deal to be had that would suffice the Nets’ overwhelming ask.
According to insiders, the Celtics gave the Nets Derrick White, Brown, and a draught selection in exchange for Durant. After the idea was turned down, Brooklyn wrote Boston — in a You can understand Boston’s hesitation to add more to an offer that already contains an All-Star in Brown, despite the fact that Durant is one of the finest players in the world. A defence that just propelled the Celtics to the NBA Finals would lose two top defenders if Smart were included in a trade package. Having said that, it’s obvious that Boston’s addition of Malcolm Brogdon makes Smart less necessary.
If the Celtics acquired Durant, they would be on a title-or-bust schedule. With Brown, who will be 26 in October, and Jayson Tatum, a rising MVP candidate, who is only 24, Boston’s window to contend for and ideally win titles is essentially unbounded. Contrarily, Durant will be 34 when the season begins.
A few hours after Charania’s revelation, Brown tweeted “Smh,” adding to the rumors.
These sources claimed that the deal would also include Marcus Smart, the defensive player of the year, draught picks, and perhaps one more rotation player. The Celtics are currently less inclined to include Smart along with numerous other players or draught assets, but the team is considering the best course of action for how to approach negotiations.
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) July 25, 2022
Again, Durant is still at the top of his game, and stars like LeBron James and Chris Paul are extending their primes far beyond what was previously possible. However, moving a 25-year-old All-Star with All-NBA potential over the following five years, along with a Defensive Player of the Year and future draught equity, is the epitome of putting all of your chips in the middle.
That will always cause you to pause. We’ll have to wait and see if the Celtics are prepared to accept Brooklyn’s demands. But at least the train is headed in that way. For the Celtics, getting Brown to accept an offer was a significant obstacle. Despite Durant’s talent, there will probably be a lot of Boston supporters who are unsure, if not angry, about the deal, should it go through.
Again, the Brown-Tatum combination will simply have a wider window of opportunity for a championship, and without Brown and Smart, let alone if Derrick White leaves as well, the defense will suffer considerably. But ultimately, we’re talking about Kevin Durant. He’s going to require a sizable package, and Boston has the components to make it happen. Remain tuned.