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Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown liked Kevin Durant’s tweet that he could find himself in the trade zone if the Nets lose Kyrie Irving.
Irving could re-sign with Brooklyn and make over $30 million in the process. While it might seem like an easy decision, Irving isn’t thrilled with the Nets’ long-term vision, nor is it their desire to bring him back to the team. That feeling is mutual.
Sean Marks and company are happy with losing Irving, especially since it would give them the cap flexibility they need to participate in free agency. Unfortunately, losing Kyrie could also mean hitting Kevin Durant. At 34, KD doesn’t have any time to waste chasing more rings.
A simple move by Brown on social media might be nothing to sneeze at, but Boston basketball fans thought it was the Celtics moving the pawn.
Can the Boston Celtics trade Kevin Durant?
Any trade for Durant would likely require a record return, a fact pointed out by ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks.
Boston has a lot to offer, but in doing so they could undermine much of the core they just entered the NBA Finals. So, the question remains: Is it worthwhile for the Celtics to trade most of their current roster and future assets for a 34-year-old star, even if he’s one of the best players in the NBA?
Depth to win an NBA championship. Boston has that and could add more this offseason. Playing against Durant could put Brown, Jayson Tatum and his company in a similar position to KD’s current team, the Nets.
While Brooklyn is fun, there’s only so much they can do with a competitive, deep lineup. C would rather avoid being in that position.