Celtics Emerge As Potential Landing Spot for Kevin Durant, per Report

Celtics Emerge As Potential Landing Spot for Kevin Durant, per Report

Published July 26, 2022
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As it currently stands, the Celtics are “no closer” to acquiring Durant than other teams in discussions with the Nets, but Boston’s ability to include All-Star forward Jaylen Brown in a potential deal has helped the Celtics become more formidable in their pursuit, according to Wojnarowski.

Boston has made Jayson Tatum off limits in trade talks, but would be able to construct a package centered around Brown that could include as many as three unprotected first round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two pick swaps (2024 and 2026). A deal structured like this could potentially meet Brooklyn’s asking price of multiple first-round picks, pick swaps and established NBA players.

In a separate report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Celtics reportedly offered the Nets a package that included Jaylen Brown, reserve guard Derrick White and a draft pick. The Nets rejected that trade, and asked that any Celtics proposal include Brown, point guard Marcus Smart, multiple picks and potentially one more rotation player.

Boston now reportedly joins a handful of teams who can be considered serious suitors for Durant. The Heat, Suns and Raptors have also reportedly been in contract with the Nets on a potential deal for the future Hall of Fame forward.