For several weeks, the rumor mill suggested that the Boston Celtics have shown interest in trading for the Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant. It came in the light of Durant's trade request at the start of the free agency.
But after weeks and weeks of drama, it has been confirmed that Kevin Durant would stay with the Nets for the upcoming season. NBA analyst Adrian Wojnarowski even compared KD's trade drama to that of when Kobe Bryant requested a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers.
As we mentioned earlier, for weeks, most people thought that the Celtics were interested in trading for KD. And in order to do that, the Celtics were reportedly even ready to include their star guard in Jaylen Brown.
Well, it created havoc in the Celtics' fanbase as they didn't want the franchise to break up the amazing duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown that led the team to the 2022 NBA Finals. Celtics' president of basketball operations, Brad Stevens, recently opened up on the rumors around Brown's potential departure from the team.
“Listen, at the end of the day, I’m not going to go into any conversations that we had because I don’t think that’s appropriate. But my job is to know what costs are and then ultimately determine whether or not we want to be involved in any deal with any team around the league. Since the Brogdon trade, we felt really good about our team. We felt really good about building around these guys that we’ve been building around, trying to accentuate our best players. We’re excited to move forward with our team and that’s really been our focus for a while. You say it’s been busy and there’s been a lot of talk but it hasn’t been from me. Hopefully, it gave everyone something to talk about. It’s been pretty quiet on our front for a while now."
He concluded, "Jaylen’s been through this from the standpoint of listening and the noise has been around him for a long time, big names over the years. I think one of the things you have to be able to do is ignore the noise and know what’s important. Also, be able to reach out and have candid and transparent communications with the people involved. We’ve had those and been very open from the get-go as all of this has been going on for any of our guys. I sat down with Jaylen last week in LA. He looked great and he will be back to Boston soon.”
By this being addressed by Stevens, it certainly helps the Celtics fans let out a sigh of relief as their team's core will remain intact coming into the 2022-23 NBA season.
The only thing left for the Celtics now is to put their head down and focus on winning it all next season. They made it all the way to the NBA Finals last season and will be hoping to finish the job this time around.