In 2013, the Boston Celtics made a trade with the Brooklyn Nets that helped kickstart their current roster while setting the Nets back five years. Now, the Nets are in disarray again, and ironically, they bounced back from the playoffs with the player Boston selected with their draft pick.
To make matters worse for Brooklyn, it looks like their current core is ready to leave. Kevin Durant is weighing his options for the future, According to Shams Charania of The Athleticand Kyrie Irving could end up being traded.
With that in mind, why not include the Celtics as well? If Durant is looking for a new home and wants to put himself in the best position to win, joining Boston is certainly a good choice. Playing with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown is great for him. Here are the best deals Boston can offer:
The Celtics get: Kevin Durant
The Nets received: Al Horford, Derrick White, Grant Williams, Peyton Pritchard, 2023 first-round pick, 2025 first-round pick
That trade would never happen because the Nets could get a ton of better deals for Durant. Brooklyn could also ask for Robert Williams, but trading him and letting Boston keep Horford (and Marcus Smart) would require them to send at least five players.
Speculation surrounding Durant and Irving’s future in Brooklyn has been a hot topic for the past week or so, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has been following it.
Durant and Irving’s futures at stake this week
In a recent appearance on ESPN, Wojnarowski said Brooklyn knew Irving could leave this summer. At the same time, though, Irving’s future with the team will certainly affect whether Durant returns.
“The Nets keep their eyes open and know he can walk. He’s done different things in his career, but I think the Nets and Kyrie Irving have a prime time to find a trade, and if they don’t, it’s going to be How that affects Kevin Durant’s future with the Nets. All of that is in jeopardy this week,” Wojnarowski said.
Durant and Irving are very close friends, so if the Nets decide to trade Irving, it may not make Durant very happy. That could set off a domino effect, with both superstars leaving the Nets, marking the failure of one of the league’s most promising Big Three.
And according to the latest report from Chania, Irving’s future in Brooklyn is looking increasingly bleak.
Irving and Nets in ‘stalemate’
Negotiations between Irving and the Nets have stalled and it looks like they may not be able to reach a deal, according to Charania.
“One of the most anticipated free agency situations is Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving, who set a June 29 deadline for his $36.9 million player option for the 2022-23 season,” Charania wrote. road. “However, multiple sources told The Athletic that conversations about Irving’s future have stalled between him and the Nets. There is a current stalemate between the parties, which clears the way for the seven-time All-Star to consider opening the market. “
While the Celtics are unlikely to be involved in trade discussions, it’s still interesting to think about, especially since it looks like Irving and Durant may be gone.
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