The moment Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant requested a trade, NBA teams started lining up in an effort to swing a blockbuster trade. As the 2022-’23 season draws closer and Durant gives Brooklyn an ultimatum, the Boston Celtics could be in a position to land their next superstar.
Initially, the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat emerged as the favorites to land the future Hall of Famer. Once the Suns matched the Deandre Ayton offer sheet, the doors opened for other NBA teams to start calling the Nets’ front office. Enter the Celtics.
Boston reportedly reached out to Brooklyn about Durant, but there is conflicting information regarding the recent of those exploratory talks. However, things have taken a turn with Durant listing the Celtics and 76ers as his preferred destinations, per SNY’s Ian Begley.
What would a Kevin Durant trade cost the Celtics?
Shams Charania of The Atheltic first reported Boston offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, and one first-round draft pick to Brooklyn for its All_NBA forward. However, the Nets declined and responded with a counteroffer including Marcus Smart, multiple draft picks and Jaylen Brown as the centerpieces.
When looking at Brown’s career with the Celtics, he has had nothing but a positive impact on the team. That being said, much of his success has been thanks to Jayson Tatum. Looking at career stats, Tatum has clearly had the better career thus far. Brown has stepped up his game over the last few years, but he didn’t start off his career as the rookie of the year.