Just weeks after making the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics have made it a point to insert themselves in Kevin Durant trade talks. Despite a shocking lack of urgency for Durant on the trade market, the Nets star has not backed down from his trade request and the Cs find themselves firmly in the hunt for his services.
According to reports, they offered a pretty lucrative package for Durant that includes Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, and at least one first-round pick. The Nets shot back with a counteroffer of their own, and it remains to be seen if the sides will reach an agreement.
But according to the most recent update by The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Celtics are convinced that KD can be the guy that takes them over the top and their interest in acquiring the 2x champion should not be taken lightly.
As of right now, the Celtics have emerged as a serious possibility as a landing spot for Durant. They have tremendous interest in bringing him in and view him as a piece that could take them over that final hurdle. Although there is work to be done, there is a deal to be had that would suffice the Nets’ overwhelming ask.
For Boston, fresh off a trip to the NBA Finals, the opportunity to potentially land one of the greatest players in league history is one that president Brad Stevens must analyze and explore. However, the Celtics are assuredly set to be judicious and are keen on ensuring the franchise can remain a championship contender for years to come, which this current core appears to be set to do. But this is Kevin Durant, and his greatness could instantly reshape a team’s fortunes from a title contender to a title winner under the right circumstances.
The Celtics were not among the teams listed on Durant's preferred destinations, but with four years left on his deal, he is going to play wherever he lands next season.
Alongside Jayson Tatum, Boston could become the title contenders they've been reading of for years, but the price is going to be high. With so much work to be done, Brad Stevens and the form office will have their hands full trying to pull off the deal of the century.
In the meantime, the entire NBA world continues to hold its breath, waiting for the biggest domino to drop.