According to a report from Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe and Brain Robb of Masslive, the Brooklyn Nets made a “jaw-dropping” trade proposal to the Boston Celtics. The report claims that the Brooklyn Nets requested both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in a deal that would send All-Star forward Kevin Durant to the Boston Celtics. This story breaks weeks after the Boston Celtics reportedly offered Jaylen Brown and other players and picks to the Nets for Kevin Durant. The Celtics shot the deal down immediately according to the Boston Globe report.
— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) August 10, 2022
This deal would make little to no sense for the Boston Celtics. Kevin Durant is clearly a great player, but losing both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown could cripple their chances to contend for an NBA Championship this upcoming season and in the long term. There is little indication that Kevin Durant would even be interested in playing in Boston without at least one of those two players. This report also came out after the news that Kevin Durant asked Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai to choose between him or General Manager Sean Marks and Head Coach Steve Nash.
Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.
— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) August 8, 2022
Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai showed his support for both Marks and Nash so it seems the team will still look to trade Kevin Durant to honor his trade request. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were just two games shy of winning an NBA Championship this season. Boston moving on from both of them for a soon-to-be 34-year-old Kevin Durant doesn’t make much sense. While Brooklyn should maximize a deal for their All-Star if this is what they are expecting, it is hard to see how a deal gets done with any team. For now, the Kevin Durant saga continues.