Celtics offer Brown for Durant

A new team entered the Kevin Durant Sweepstakes. The Boston Celtics have made a trade offer to the Brooklyn Nets that includes Jaylen Brown, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first reported.

The Celtics aren’t close to acquiring Durant, according to Wojnarowski, but Boston’s inclusion of Brown in a trade proposal makes it a legitimate contender to take on Brooklyn’s top player. Boston is reportedly not ready to trade Jayson Tatum.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Nets rejected the Celtics’ trade package with Brown, Derrick White and a draft pick. Brooklyn wants Marcus Smart, more draft picks and possibly another rotation player added to Boston’s proposal, Charania reports.

Even if the two sides remain far apart on a deal, trade talks could intensify. The Celtics reportedly believe acquiring Durant could be key to Boston winning a championship. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Celtics in six games in the 2022 NBA Finals.

Boston has an opportunity to trade three first-round draft picks and a pair of draft swaps with Brooklyn. The Nets are looking for a massive haul in exchange for the two-time NBA Finals MVP.

If the Nets are serious about accommodating Durant’s trade request, the Celtics could be their ideal trading partner. Brown may be the best young NBA star Brooklyn could realistically enlist for Durant.

Brown, 25, was the second-best player on a team that nearly won the championship last season. He averaged 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Brown is a 37.3 percent career three-point shooter and an above-average defensive player.

Brown has fielded an all-star team, unlike Deandre Ayton, who was considered the centerpiece of the most likely Durant trade. Ayton, meanwhile, has signed a four-year contract with the Phoenix Suns and cannot be traded until January 15.

The Toronto Raptors were considered a realistic target for Durant, but rookie of the year Scottie Barnes could be off the table in trade talks. The Miami Heat, who are also chasing Durant, Bam Adebayo cannot act to the Nets as long as Ben Simmons remains on Brooklyn’s list.

Before rumors that Boston was trying to trade for Durant, the Celtics were named the betting favorites to win the title next year.




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