As the Brooklyn Nets continue to keep the Kevin Durant trade saga alive in a fairly stagnant part of the NBA news cycle, new details are percolating to the surface via various news outlets, including those focused on the Boston Celtics because of the rumored inclusion of star Celtics forward Jaylen Brown in trade talks.
And while that point has been disputed in some circles, the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach recently shared some new rumbles suggesting just how high the Nets have been aiming in trying to trade Durant. Per Himmelsbach, “Brooklyn initially tried to pry both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown from Boston.”
The Globe reporter notes that was shot down by the Celtics, but “Brooklyn later shifted its focus to a potential deal centered on Brown, Marcus Smart, and a massive haul of future first-round draft picks.” Still, the Celtics were uninterested according to Himmelsbach.
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Interestingly, the Globe beat writer also shared that despite the now-infamous “SMH” tweet from Brown, team president Brad Stevens and head coach Ime Udoka speak with the Georgia native often, “and have kept him in the loop, adding that Brown seems to understand the situation.”
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