It’s almost a month since NBA superstar Kevin Durant requested a move from the Brooklyn Nets but that could be edging closer to a conclusion as the Boston Celtics have reportedly entered the trade sweepstakes.
According to ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics are not exactly front runners compared to the other interested parties, but the potential for Jaylen Brown to be included in any deal makes them a tantalizing prospect.
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The report goes on to claim that the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors have notable interest in snapping up Durant.
Brown took to Twitter to react to the news he could be traded in a deal between the Nets and the Celtics.
Ever since the bombshell trade request was made, the Nets have made it abundantly clear to the rest of the league that it will take something special for them to even consider doing business.
The report states that the Nets are hoping to recoup multiple unprotected first-round picks, pick swaps as well as impact players for just one man.
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Unsurprisingly, no team has come forward with a concrete offer for Durant that has piqued the interest of the Nets.
In terms of a deal between the Nets and Celtics, ESPN claims that Boston star Jayson Tatum would be off-limits in any deal, but a package involving Brown, up to three unprotected first-round picks and two pick swaps could do the job.
Brown, who has two years and $AUD81 million left on his contract, enjoyed personal average records of 23.1 points and 3.5 assists per game in the 2021/22 season along with 6.9 rebounds.
As for Durant, he has four years and an eye-watering $286 million left on his deal with Brooklyn, leaving the franchise with all the power in negotiations for any deal.
Durant requested a trade on June 30 following the Kyrie Irving saga in which there was widespread speculation he could have declined his player option and look for a sign-and-trade deal with a different franchise.
However, Irving eventually put pen to paper and opted into his $53 million player option and lock himself into another season with the Nets.
The Nets have faced the Celtics in the first round of the East playoffs for the last two seasons, getting swept 4-0 this year after a 4-1 triumph in 2021.