Multiple teams will be vying for Kevin Durant’s services this summer, including the Warriors, Knicks, Clippers, and Lakers. As an unrestricted free agent, he will have his pick of the crop.
Unfortunately, Boston will be unable to pursue Durant is they keep Kyrie. There just isn’t enough money to go around. But as explained by Bleacher Report‘s Dan Favale, a Kevin Durant to the Celtics scenario is still very much possible and could be a win-win for everyone.
Who says Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (player option) need to join forces on the New York Knicks?
The Knicks have the capacity to carve out two max slots. The Celtics cannot offer that opportunity. They have no real path to bankrolling his $38.2 million max salary and remaining under the apron while retaining Irving and Al Horford (player option). That Golden State profiles as a taxpayer even without Durant doesn’t help.
Brokering an opt-in-and-trade is cleaner.
The centerpiece of the proposed deal would include Gordon Hayward and multiple future draft picks.
Not only would Boston bring in a natural, talented scorer in Durant, but they would also secure the return of Kyrie. Their newfound friendship is going to be a big pull for their upcoming decisions this summer.
On Golden State’s side, they could get something valuable in return for Durant rather than lose him for nothing.
Granted, this is far from an easy path. It would take some serious maneuvering to get this done, but given the circumstances of the deal, Danny Ainge would be, undoubtedly, more than willing to make it happen.