Several teams eyeing deal for the Nets' Kevin Durant
Ricky Gray | July 25, 2022
Leading the charge is the Boston Celtics but the details have yet to be revealed.
It’s no shock that there are teams looking to add Kevin Durant to their lineup. Durant is a premiere superstar that has yet to win a championship since playing in Golden State.
Although he hasn’t been incredibly vocal about having any distaste for the Nets, he is looking for a change. Even if he isn’t several teams are hoping to lure him away from Brooklyn during the offseason.
The Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors have each displayed various degrees of interest in Durant. Now the Boston Celtics have been in regular contact with the Nets as well.
It’s believed that Jayson Tatum is out of any trade talks. The player that the Celtics seem comfortable losing would be Jaylen Brown.
Boston is preparing a package for Durant that could include Brown and as many as three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) -- and two pick swaps (2024 and 2026).
Whether or not this would entice the Nets enough to move on from Durant is yet to be seen. Although Durant hasn’t been very vocal about the trade he did ask for one on June 30th and has yet to back off of that request.
At 33 years old, Durant still has four years and $198m left on his current contract. If the Nets were to let him go it would have to be mutually beneficial to them as well.
Boston could be a good fit for Durant with Al Horford and Jayson Tatum. However, we still feel that the best option for him would be in Miami with Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro.
This trade would likely send Jimmy Butler to the Nets which could benefit Brooklyn a lot more than Jaylen Brown would.