No NBA team has accelerated for Durant — but watch out for Boston

As Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant’s trade request approaches its fourth week, the Boston Celtics have emerged among the teams engaged in concrete negotiations for a possible deal, several sources have revealed to ESPN.

The Celtics seem no closer to acquiring Durant than others in discussions with the Nets, but Boston’s ability to include Jaylen Brown as a centerpiece in offers would help make the team formidable in its negotiations.
The Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, and Toronto Raptors are known to have varying degrees of interest in Durant, but the Celtics have also been in regular contact with the Nets.

The Nets’ stance on a potential trade has remained largely unchanged: They want a huge return that potentially includes more unprotected first-round picks, draft pick trades and impact players for Durant, sources said.

The Celtics consider Jayson Tatum off limits in any trade talks but Boston is able to build a package for Durant that could include Brown and as many as three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two pick swaps (2024 and 2026). Brown, 25, has two years and $56 million left on his current contract.

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