After appearing in the NBA Finals, the Celtics could find themselves lighting some off-season fireworks.
Many NBA stars may be on the move. Suspended free agent Bradley Beal has been linked to the Celtics for a while now, and Boston is among the favorites to bet on.
But there may be bigger names than Bill’s available. As the Nets and Kyrie Irving struggle to come to terms with a new contract, Kevin Durant is considering options with his future, Shams Al-Shaaraniya, Athletic player, mentioned Thursday.
If Irving leaves Brooklyn, which could cause Durant to want to leave as well, Brian Scalabrin believes one team clearly has the best to offer in a potential deal.
“If there’s gravity and Kevin Durant moves into management, there’s no better team than the Boston Celtics if you’re a Brooklyn Nets to make the move,” said Brian Scalabrin on NBC Sports Boston.
Scalabrine, the Celtics game color commentator for NBC Sports Boston, believes Jaylen Brown is better than anyone or anything another team could offer in a deal for Durant. And yes, he will replace Brown with Durant.
“Is the Celtics [make Brown available in a trade for Durant]? Scalperin said. “It’s Durantula! Kuwaiti Dinar! Easy Money Sniper! ”Scalabrin’s NBC Sports teammate Chris Forsberg doesn’t deny that adding Durant could lift the Celtics to the top. The Nets star is considered one of the greatest scorers in NBA history and still plays at a high level, scoring 29.9 points per game last season.
But Forsberg also recognizes that there are still some risks in trading for Durant.
“I think the hard part for me is, like Kevin Durant, he’s going to be 34 when next season ends,” Forsberg said on NBC Sports Boston. “He has lost time in the last two seasons due to injury, so there is always a bit of hesitation. . Would you replace your 25-year-old with the 34-year-old version?
“Now, it is undeniable that Kevin Durant is in a different stratosphere than Jaylen Brown and you have to totally think about it. My fear is not just Jaylen Brown. Kevin Durant is making $44 million next year. In order to get to that number, you have to take 28 $1 million from Jaylen Brown and adds another $10 million and maybe more parts from there.
“So, you’re talking about… Robert Williams asked. Do the nets ask for multiple picks in the first round or pick trade-offs? They are in a position with the contract that Kevin Durant has now to demand the biggest ransom in NBA history. I think people, On the face of it, it’s easy to say, “Yeah, just replace Jaylen Brown and get it done.” It’s not that easy. They won’t want Daniel Theis. They won’t want Grant Williams. The Nets will face Jaylen Brown, and they’ll want to get the next package of back in respect. Much more painful than just losing Jaylen Brown – which is painful in itself.”
Top players, even those who are relatively older, have traded in big transfers in the past. In 2021, the Nets not only had to swap young, rising players Jarrett Allen and Caris Levert for 31-year-old James Harden, they also had to give up three first-round picks and four first-round swaps. In order to get 31-year-old Kevin Garnett in 2007, the Celtics had to replace four young players, including Al Jefferson, and two first-round picks. Six years later, the Celtics had three first-round picks and a first-round pick swap against aging Garnett and Paul Pierce.
Although Durant is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, his high-level playing and the fact that he has four years left on his contract have left ESPN’s Bobby Marks think so. The trade package for him “would be the largest in the history of the league.”If Durant hits the commercial market and with Marks’ vision in mind, Forsberg thinks the Celtics will have to ask themselves several tough questions about the potential pursuit of Durant, who considered coming to Boston as a free agent in 2016.
“I wonder if there was hesitation at the end of Boston,” Forsberg said. “Of course, these are the tough decisions that you have to talk about. You have to have these conversations. I remember when James Harden came into the market, Danny Inge huddled with his team and asked ‘Is Jaylen Brown the kind of player we want to transfer to James Harden and the headaches that would come with that? “At that point, they back off. Kevin Durant is a different beast. We all know how good he is. The potential of Jason Tatum and Kevin Durant is great, and I don’t know if we’ll ever get there.”
Of course, Durant has reportedly not made any requests yet because Irving is still officially with the Nets. But the All-Star point guard is balancing his options, with the Lakers, Knicks, Clippers, Heats, 76ers and Mavericks on his wish list for teams he’d go to if he can’t agree on a new contract with the Nets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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