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The Boston Celtics luxuriate in reportedly emerged as a doable suitor in Kevin Durant swap talks.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Celtics had been in “traditional contact” with the Nets regarding a swap nonetheless “seem no closer to shopping Durant than others.” The Toronto Raptors, Miami Warmth and Phoenix Suns had been essentially the most on a conventional basis talked about skill suitors.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN later suggested 98.7 Arizona Sports activities that the discussions with the Celtics weren’t “unusual talks” and that the provide become seemingly “weeks feeble,” per Sarah Kezele.
Boston’s ability to deal Jaylen Brown could presumably perchance also give the Celtics a leg up in talks need to peaceable they commence as much as heat up.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the Celtics equipped Brown, Derrick White and an undisclosed draft decide for Durant. The Nets countered by soliciting for Brown, Marcus Neat, draft picks and any other rotation participant.
Boston has balked at including Neat in swap talks.
The Celtics’ willingness to consist of Brown—despite Neat’s involvement—in swap talks seemingly makes them the favorites to land Durant.
The Suns, once idea about the entrance-runners, are actually out of the conversation after having to study the Indiana Pacers’ provide sheet to Deandre Ayton. Phoenix’s easiest swap bundle would luxuriate in included a keep-and-swap of Ayton, given the team’s understandable unwillingness to segment with Devin Booker.
The Warmth could presumably perchance also consist of Bam Adebayo in talks, nonetheless Brooklyn and Miami would require a third team to salvage entangled and capture on Ben Simmons. The Nets could presumably perchance also now not luxuriate in Adebayo and Simmons on their roster on memoir of each are on designated rookie extensions; NBA guidelines prohibit teams from shopping and selling for higher than one participant on a selected contract.
The Raptors’ most enticing swap chip is Rookie of the three hundred and sixty five days Scottie Barnes, nonetheless Toronto has confirmed no willingness to keep him readily available. Adding Durant also wouldn’t essentially keep the Raptors an NBA Finals popular.
The Celtics luxuriate in essentially the most easy participant who is realistically readily available to the Nets in swap talks. Brown doesn’t flip 26 till October, has been a 20-point scorer for 3 straight seasons and has never gotten a prime gamble to be an staunch lead choice on offense.
It be also possible Brown is motivated to plug away Boston even supposing the team is coming off an NBA Finals berth. He cherished a tweet closing month about feeling “disrespected” by fans, given his semi-traditional inclusion in swap speculation.
Hearing the Celtics equipped him to Brooklyn is now not going to heal whatever wounds exist. Do now not be surprised if Brown seems to be like to search out a unique dwelling for himself earlier than subsequent season, despite whether or now not the Celtics wind up landing Durant. Brown has two years final on his contract, giving him leverage to power a deal if the “disrespect” is now not rectified.