The Boston Celtics have added themselves to the record of commerce suitors for wantaway Brooklyn Nets All-Star Kevin Durant.
ESPN reported Monday the ‘Durant Sweepstakes’ are nonetheless within the searching levels with no deal imminent, however the Japanese Convention champion Celtics are the newest to be added to a crowed image together with the extensively reported curiosity from the Phoenix Suns, Miami Warmth and Toronto Raptors.
Simply earlier than the opening of NBA free company, Durant formally requested a commerce from the Nets. The 12-time All-Star reportedly is desirous about a reunion with the Golden State Warriors, nevertheless it’s unclear whether or not the NBA champions are in favour of bringing him again.
The Celtics might current a bundle that features All-Star Jaylen Brown as a part of the day. Brown is 25 and has two years remaining on his present four-year, $106.3m contract.
ESPN reported Boston additionally might bundle unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and contemplate additional first-round decide swaps with the Nets in 2024 and 2026.
All-Star Jayson Tatum, per the report, is taken into account off-limits in commerce discussions.
Durant is starting a four-year, $194m take care of the Nets. He’s slated to make $42.97m for the 2022-23 season.
A two-time NBA Finals MVP and a four-time scoring champion, Durant joined Brooklyn as a free agent in 2019 alongside Kyrie Irving.
Durant averaged 29.9 factors, 7.four rebounds and 6.four assists in 55 video games this previous season with the Nets, who traded fellow All-Star James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers through the season in a blockbuster deal involving Ben Simmons.
Irving, a seven-time All-Star, picked up his $36.5m choice, although the Nets are stated to be prepared to take heed to commerce presents for Durant.
The 2013-14 league MVP, has profession averages of 27.2 factors, 7.1 rebounds and four.three assists in 939 video games with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder (2007-16), Warriors (2016-19) and Nets.
The Nets have been swept by the Celtics within the first spherical of the 2022 playoffs.