Almost a month after Kevin Durant asked the Nets for a trade, a new team has come into focus as a potential destination for the 12-time All-Star.
Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania via Bleacher Report, “The Nets and Celtics entered trade discussions for Kevin Durant.” 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.
As it currently stands, the Celtics are “no closer” to acquiring Durant than other teams in discussions with the Nets.
The 33-year-old Durant has four years and nearly $200 million left on his contract. Brown has two years and $56 million left on his current contract with the Celtics.
Durant’s trade request came on the heels of Kyrie Irving signing on to play at least one more season with the team. There was potential for Irving to opt out of his $36 million player option this season to test free agency, but he instead opted into his contract with Brooklyn.
The Celtics swept the Nets in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in the spring, sparking an offseason of questions regarding the path forward for Brooklyn.
Durant famously joined the 73-win Golden State Warriors one month after his team blew a 3-1 lead in the playoffs against them.
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