In 2013, the Boston Celtics made a business deal with the Brooklyn Nets that helped start their current roster while at the same time bringing the Nets back half a decade. Now, the Nets are in turmoil again, ironically bouncing off the playoffs by the players the Boston team picked with their picks.
To make matters worse for Brooklyn, it looks like their current core is ready to leave. Kevin Durant weighs his future options, According to Shams Charania of The Athleticand may end up trading in Kyrie Irving.
With that in mind, why not throw the Celtics into the mix? If Durant is looking for a new home and wants to put himself in the best position to win, joining Boston would definitely be a solid option. Playing alongside Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown would be great for him. Here’s the best deal Boston could practically offer:
Celtics receive: Kevin Durant
The mosquito nets receive: Alhorford, Derek White, Grant Williams, Payton Pritchard, 2023 1st-Round Pick, 2025 1st-Round Pick
This trade will never happen, as there are a lot of better deals Nets can get for Durant. Brooklyn will likely also ask for Robert Williams, but putting him in a deal and Boston keeping Hurford (and Marcus Smart) would require them to field at least five players.
Speculation surrounding Durant’s and Irving’s future in Brooklyn has been a hot topic for the past week or so, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has been on its head.
Durant and Irving’s future is on the line this week
In his recent appearance on ESPN, Wojnarowski stated that Brooklyn has learned that Irving’s departure would be a possibility this summer. At the same time, however, Irving’s future on the team will certainly affect whether or not Durant returns.
“The Nets got into this with their eyes open, and they know he can walk. He’s done things differently in his career, but I think there’s a great place for the Nets and Kyrie Irving to find a deal, and if they don’t, how does that affect Kevin Durant’s future with the Nets? All of that is on the line this week, Voinarovsky said.
Durant and Irving are very good friends, so if the Nets decide to trade Irving, it probably won’t make Durant very happy. A domino effect could begin that would see both stars leave the Nets, signaling the failure of one of the league’s biggest and most promising 3s.
And with Charnia’s latest reporting, Irving’s future in Brooklyn is looking bleaker.
Irving Wints in a “stalemate”
According to Charania, negotiations between Irving and the Nets have reached a dead end, and it appears that they may not be able to come to an agreement.
“One of the most anticipated positions for free agency is Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving, who has a June 29 deadline on his $36.9 million player option for the 2022-23 season,” Charania wrote. However, multiple sources have told The Athletic that talks about Irving’s future have become stagnant between him and the Nets. There is currently an impasse between the parties that is paving the way for the seven-time All-Star to consider the open market.”
While the Celtics’ involvement in commercial discussions is unlikely, it’s still fun to think about, especially because it looks like Irving and Durant might be as good as they go.
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