Skip to main content

NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant Reportedly Sees Sixers And Celtics As 'Desired Landing Spots'

NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant Reportedly Sees Sixers And Celtics As 'Desired Landing Spots'

The Kevin Durant saga is still hot in the NBA. The Brooklyn Nets have tried to find him a new home, but so far, nothing has happened with the player. In recent days, he met with team owner Joe Tsai, making it clear he's not happy with the direction the team is going right now, giving him an ultimatum. 

Tsai has backed his head coach and general manager, making it clear he won't give in to KD's demands. Meanwhile, the team keeps looking for an alternative to ship Durant somewhere else, although his market is very limited right now. 

As soon as his trade request was reported, the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat were mentioned as KD's preferred destinations, but now things have changed. According to Ian Begley of SNY, the 2x NBA champion is now favoring a move to the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers. 

Durant sees Boston as a desired landing spot, per people familiar with the matter. Durant also would like to play with Boston’s Marcus Smart if he is traded to the Celtics, per people familiar with the matter.

The Athletic had previously reported that Brooklyn wanted Smart included in a package from the Celtics in any Durant trade.

It is unknown if Boston and Brooklyn have made progress on a deal. SNY reported last week that there had been pessimism about a Durant trade being completed in the near future.

That was before Durant met with Nets governor Joe Tsai and delivered an ultimatum, telling Tsai to trade him or fire general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash.

Begley adds that some people within the Sixers organization are high on Durant and would like to make a move for him. 

Aside from Boston, who else is a legitimate Durant suitor?

As various outlets have reported, Miami and Toronto are among the teams with interest in Durant. It’s fair to assume that nearly all NBA teams have checked in with Brooklyn in some fashion regarding Durant.

Something worth noting: As of earlier this week, there were high-ranking members of the Sixers who’ve felt strongly about engaging with Brooklyn on a Durant trade.

It is unknown if Brooklyn and Philadelphia have made any recent progress on a trade.

Well, it’s worth noting that, in addition to Boston, Durant also sees Philadelphia as another welcome landing spot, per people familiar with the matter.

These two are very good options for Durant, who is still trying to get to a team with serious championship aspirations. It remains unclear if the Celtics or Sixers will pull the trigger to have a better chance at the championship, but they two fit the description of what both Durant and the Nets are looking for in this potential trade.