Brian Scalabrine says Celtics have best potential trade package to offer Nets for Kevin Durant

Brad Sullivan
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The idea of Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant being acquired by the Boston Celtics was recently suggested by Brian Scalabrine. He spoke about a hypothetical deal for Durant and explained his reasoning behind the concept.

“Jaylen Brown, three picks, two rights to swap and Daniel Theis, the money works,” said Scalabrine regarding a potential Celtics package for Durant.

Scalabrine explained his thought process.

“You’re getting the All-Star caliber player, and you’re getting picks moving forward, and you have to understand that there is a connection. The Al Horford connection with Kevin Durant, they were kind of linked during that free agency when he went to Golden State. He loves Marcus Smart as a player, the Hamptons visit, all that stuff. Ime Udoka, he coached him, and he’s always chatting it up with Udoka on the sideline during the game, and you get a chance to play with Jayson Tatum, a guy he’s played on the Olympic team with him, where they worked out together and stuff like that. So, there is a connection. It’s not crazy to think that something like that could happen if, if and only if, Kevin Durant decides, ‘Alright, I want to be out of here.'”

Durant’s status with the Nets for next season is currently uncertain, which has led to some speculation about the 33-year-old superstar possibly being traded.

One reason why Durant might be involved in a trade has to do with the possibility of Kyrie Irving going to another team.

Right now, there’s no indication that Durant has made any sort of trade request. However, he’s presumably not likely to stay if the Nets begin rebuilding their roster.

Durant’s value on the court hasn’t diminished despite the fact that he missed the entire 2019-20 season after suffering an Achilles injury during the 2019 NBA Finals.

During the 2021-22 season, Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game, though the Nets were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

Whether or not the Nets would consider the package that Scalabrine suggested is uncertain. However, they could be at a disadvantage if Durant does attempt to force a trade.

For the Celtics, adding a player like Durant might help them get over the hump after they fell in the 2022 NBA Finals to one of Durant’s former teams, the Golden State Warriors.

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Brad has written on a variety of both NBA and NFL topics and has worked previously as a sports information director at the collegiate level. A lifetime fan of sports, he's witnessed countless great moments in different sports and understands that stories can be compelling from both the perspective of winners and losers. As a frustrated fan of Cleveland sports, he experienced something unprecedented when the Cavaliers won the city's first championship in 52 years.