Boston Celtics allegedly in trade talks as Kevin Durant’s trade request approaches fourth week.
Could it be?
Celtics won’t discuss a trade for All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum, Boston might put together a deal for Durant that includes Jaylen Brown, up to three unprotected first-round selections (2025, 2027, and 2029), two pick swaps, and as many as three other first-round picks (2024 and 2026).
The Celtics don’t seem to be any closer to landing Durant than other teams in negotiations with the Nets. Still, the potential of Boston to make All-Star forward Jaylen Brown the focal point of proposals does make the club formidable in its pursuit.
It is commonly known that the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, and Toronto Raptors are all interested in Durant to differing degrees, but insiders claim that the Celtics have also been in constant touch with the Nets.
No deals are seen to have the potential for Durant, and no club has yet to meet the high bar the Nets have set for trading one of the league’s most gifted players. The Nets’ stance on a possible deal has remained basically unchanged: Apparently, they want a significant return, which may include several unprotected first-round selections, pick swaps, and impact players for Durant.
The 12-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP Durant made a trade request on June 30 and hasn’t changed his mind since. Brooklyn can be patient and wait out teams for the sort of value it hopes will ultimately emerge for a top player hitting the trade market in his prime since Durant, who is 33 years old, has four years and $198 million remaining on his deal.
The 2013 deal that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets resulted in the Celtics defeating the Nets 4-0 in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. The Celtics use draft compensation from that trade to assemble the foundation of their current squad. Tatum and Brown were both purchased with selections from Brooklyn that were sent to Boston.
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