Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens is retaining Robert Williams off-limits in commerce talks with the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Durant, in accordance with a report.
In accordance with Kurt Helin, the Celtics think about Robert Williams ‘unavailable’ in any commerce talks concerning Kevin Durant with the Brooklyn Nets, amid stories proprietor GM Sean Marks is holding out for Jaylen Brown, Marcus Sensible, one rotation participant and an assortion of picks.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 11, 2022
Earlier this week, Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the information that Kevin Durant informed Nets proprietor Joe Tsai that to ensure that him to retract his commerce demand, Tsai should hearth head coach Steve Nash and Normal Supervisor Sean Marks.
Joe Tsai responded on Twitter, the place he reiterated his full assist for the Nets entrance workplace and training workers which all however confirms Durant’s departure from Brooklyn this offseason.
Our entrance workplace and training workers have my assist. We’ll make choices in the most effective curiosity of the Brooklyn Nets.
— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) August 8, 2022
The 33-year-old handed in a commerce request over a month in the past and his two most well-liked locations have been the Phoenix Suns and Miami Warmth, nonetheless it doesn’t seem that both staff is ready to put collectively a bundle that’s seen as appropriate by Brooklyn.
The Suns resigned heart DeAndre Ayton who’s now ineligible to be traded this offseason and was seen because the centerpiece of a possible take care of the Nets, and the Warmth are unable to supply Bam Adebayo in talks if Ben Simmons isn’t despatched the opposite method.
Thus leaves the Boston Celtics, who at the moment are the favourites to land Durant in a bundle that might seemingly function 25-year-old All-Star Jaylen Brown, who simply led his staff alongside Jayson Tatum to the NBA Finals.
Marcus Sensible is a participant that Boston want to maintain on to but it surely looks as if if a deal is there to be executed for Durant, Sensible shall be included to ensure that the Nets to half methods with their two-time Finals MVP.
Durant nonetheless has 4 years on his contract left and Brooklyn don’t must commerce him in the event that they don’t wish to – and this might result in a possible holdout, with the 34-year-old going AWOL and refuse to report for staff camp which begins subsequent month.
No matter occurs this offseason, it’s pretty secure to imagine that Kevin Durant shall be suiting up in a model new uniform on opening night time.