Kevin Durant reportedly wants to be traded to Boston Celtics team, especially with one player.
The Kevin Durant saga continues, with the star asking for a trade, the team’s first day back in NBA free agency. Still, there has been little movement on the trade front, even if teams have expressed interest in acquiring the former two-time NBA Finals MVP.
SNY NBA insider Ian Begley recently wrote that people familiar with the matter said Durant “sees Boston as an ideal landing spot” “. Additionally, Begley wrote that Durant wants to play with Marcus Smart if he is traded to Boston, according to people familiar with the matter.
Kevin Durant reportedly wants to play with Celtics, Marcus Smart
Smart had a strong season with the Celtics In 2018, he averaged 12.1 points, 5.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 71 regular-season games. He was named the 2021-22 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Durant is no stranger to the Boston connection. After his trade request became public, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that the Celtics and Nets had trade talks. According to Charania, the Celtics offered Durant Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a draft pick, but the Nets say they are looking for a pick that includes Brown, Smart, and a draft pick. and the “possibly one more rotation player” package. The report was deleted a few weeks ago, and apparently no transactions took place.
Aug. 8 Update on Durant’s status with the Nets. According to Charania, Durant met with team owner Joe Tsai and gave him an ultimatum to either trade him or fire coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. The report noted that Durant “has no confidence in the direction of the team.” Front office and coaching staff on Twitter.
With months away from the 2022-23 season, the NBA world will wonder if he’ll play for the Nets by then or other teams.