Best NBA contender is ‘leading team’ to take on Kevin Durant: report

The Boston Celtics are reportedly “a leading team” to acquire Kevin Durant in a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, acc the athlete‘s Shine Charania.

At a performance on the Pat McAfee Demonstrate On Tuesday (Aug. 9), Charania said the Celtics have the best tools available to lure the Nets after Durant reportedly reaffirmed his trade request over the weekend, but Boston is reluctant to add several players from its core starting lineup.

“The Celtics are probably a lead team for Kevin Durant given the pieces they have,” said Charania. “Jaylen Brown, you can add draft picks and other players. When Brooklyn goes in that direction, you want as much as you can get, and that includes Markus Smartthese include draft picks, which I’m told Boston isn’t currently inclined towards.

“And so, that’s really what’s going on here, there’s a stalemate on all fronts and we’ve got about a month and a half now until training camp.”

On Monday (August 8), Charania reported that Durant repeated his trade request and gave Nets owners Joe Tsai an ultimatum during a face-to-face meeting over the weekend.

Durant reportedly told Tsai that he had no confidence in the Nets’ direction, insisting that Tsai “should choose between Durant or the general manager’s pairing Sean Marks or coach Steve Nash‘ confirmed sources with knowledge of the situation.

The sources described the meeting between Durant and Tsai — which came exactly a year after the All-Star agreed to a four-year, $198 million contract extension — as “transparent and professional,” according to Charania.

On June 30, Durant’s CEO said, Rich Klemansaid ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski that Marks worked with him and Durant to find a deal for the former NBA regular season and Finals MVP.

Wojnarowski reports that Durant added the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat to his wish list of trade partners, but indicated the Nets plan to move the perennial All-Star to the team offering the best deal.

In June, Charania reported that Durant was weighing his options and monitoring the Nets’ situation regarding point guard Kyrie IrvingIrving’s future before Irving’s player option was exercised for 2022-23 days later.

Durant and Irving both signed as free agents with the Nets in 2019, making Brooklyn an instant favorite in the fight for an NBA championship.

However, the Nets have failed to make the Eastern Conference Finals since the duo joined the team. Irving missed the majority of their first season together due to injuries and the 2021-22 regular season as New York’s COVID restrictions banned him from playing home games without vaccination.

Durant, a 12-time All-Star selection, averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game during the 2021-22 season.

The Celtics eliminated the Nets in the first round of a later run through the 2022 NBA Playoffs before being defeated by the Golden State Warriors in six games during the NBA Finals.

Boston has since bolstered its already stacked lineup by acquiring guards Malcolm Brodgon in a blockbuster trade with the Indiana Pacers.

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