The Boston Celtics haven’t spoken about Kevin Durant’s trade with the Brooklyn Nets


NBA rumors continue to link two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant to the Boston Celtics in a hypothetical trade that would send Jaylen Brown to the Big Apple as part of a larger package.

Boston’s interest in trading Brown, 25, his best game in the NBA Finals last June, for an aging Durant never really made sense. It just seemed silly.

Apparently it does. A recent report by Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe cites sources close to the situation in concluding that there “didn’t even have been any real substantive discussions” between the Celtics and the Nets.

Rumors of KD in Boston flared up recently when he was seen training with Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum. However, this seems to be a mere coincidence more than anything.

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The Boston Celtics are fine without Kevin Durant

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Early last season, reports surfaced that the Boston brass didn’t necessarily believe Tatum and Brown could lead a championship contender. That changed in no time. After starting 25-25, Boston finished the regular season winning 26 of its last 32.

The team went on to defeat the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Playoffs before falling to the Golden State Warriors in the six-game NBA Finals.

Boston Celtics front office chief Brad Stevens then spent the start of the summer providing reinforcements to Boston. That included a blockbuster trade for star goaltender Malcolm Brogdon and the signing of underrated veteran forward Danilo Gallinari.

There is absolutely no reason for the Boston Celtics to break a good thing. With that report leaked, it’s also possible the Celtics are pushing him to the media in order to salvage things between Brown and the organization. He wasn’t too happy about being brought up in business negotiations in the first place.

As for Jayson Tatum, he hasn’t completely dismissed the idea of ​​trading Brown and assets for Durant. But he defended his star teammate and the current iteration of the Celtics amid trade talks.

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“I played with [Durant] during the Olympics. Obviously he’s a great player, but it’s not my decision. I like our team. I like the guys we have. We have two new coins [in Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari]. I like our team. I just go out there and play with my teammates. I don’t wear that [general manager] hat to make decisions.

Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum on Kevin Durant trade talks

Maybe the Celtics can now end that conversation and gear up for the 2022-23 season in hopes of repeating as Eastern Conference champions. This run begins Oct. 18 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

As for Durant’s position with the Nets, he offered an ultimatum to the organization during a recent meeting with owner Joseph Tsai. This included either the firing of head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks or his trade. This ultimatum backfired after recent comments from Tsai himself.

The Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers have been mooted as potential landing spots for Durant. Phoenix appears to be out of the running after matching the Indiana Pacers’ contract offer to then-restricted free agent Deandre Ayton. Miami doesn’t have the credentials to meet Brooklyn’s asking price. Meanwhile, Philadelphia would be foolish to include young guard Tyrese Maxey as a centerpiece and trade for Durant.

Durant signed a four-year extension ahead of the 2021-22 season. He’s stuck on said deal, suggesting this process could last all summer and head into the 2022-23 campaign.

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