Celtics final offer for Kevin Durant revealed: report
For now, it looks like Kevin Durant will stay with the Brooklyn Nets. On August 23, 2022, the NBA superstar withdrew his trade request, putting to rest all Boston Celtics trade rumors involving Jaylen Brown, among others. After the Durant Trade saga ended, NBA insider Shams Charania moved on The Rich Eisen Showwhere he revealed the Celtics had the best offer on the table and who would have been there.
“The best offer the Nets had on the table, I’m told, came from the Celtics,” Charania said. “Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first-round pick.”
Charania further explained that what the Nets asked for in return for someone of Durant’s pedigree made it unrealistic that a deal would be struck with either party.
“You could say they might even have asked for something they know would never be attainable anyway. But at the end of the day, when you have a guy who’s a 12-time All-Star and two-time Finals MVP. (He will) enter the Hall of Fame as one of the top 15 players of all time, you have a high asking price. That price would never be reached.”
Obviously, the Nets didn’t think the Celtics’ alleged bid for Durant was good enough, and the Celtics didn’t want to bid higher as they were considered the best in the market.
After the rumors were dispelled, Basketball Operations president Brad Stevens provided an update on Brown’s status with the Celtics.
Stevens’ thoughts on Brown’s future
Stevens went on the radio show, Merloni, Fauria and Mego after Durant withdrew his trade request. On the show, Stevens was asked if the Celtics might offer Brown an extension, where he promptly said they hope to keep him long-term.
“He’s a huge core of what we do and has been for the past six years. We look forward to hopefully doing our best to have him here for a long time.”
While many have speculated that these trade rumors could hurt Brown’s relationship with the team, there’s a big difference between a player like Brown being traded for a player like Kevin Durant and Brown being traded for assets.
Stevens also added his thoughts on the trade rumors circulating between Durant and Brown.
According to Stevens, the trade front was calm
while on Merloni, Fauria and MegoStevens said the Celtics haven’t been involved in many trade talks since the team traded for Malcolm Brogdon.
“We look forward to moving forward with our team and that has really been our focus for a while. They say there was a lot going on and a lot of talking, but not from me. Hope everyone had something to tell. It’s been pretty quiet on our front for some time.”
Stevens also said that while he couldn’t go into detail, he stressed that it was his job to evaluate potential trades that could help the team.
“Listen, at the end of the day, I’m not going to go into any conversations that we had because I don’t think it’s appropriate,” Stevens said. “But my job is to know the cost and then ultimately decide whether or not we want to be involved in a deal with a team in the league.”
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