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The Celtics have reportedly not had ‘substantial conversations’ about trading Kevin Durant

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Durant reportedly requested a trade at the end of June.

Trading Kevin Durant and Jaylen Brown seems unlikely. John Minchillo/AP Photo

The Celtics have already caught some big fish this offseason, but it looks like they won’t land the biggest of them all.

Boston has not had “substantial conversations” about a trade for Nets superstar Kevin Durant, ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported. Durant reportedly requested a trade from Brooklyn on June 30, setting off what could be the biggest sweepstakes in NBA history.

In order to get Durant, several league analysts and insiders have speculated that the Celtics would have to give up at least Jaylen Brown to start, with a pick and another player that would have to be included to match the salary cap. Lowe noted that the Celtics “have to be careful” about Brown becoming a free agent in 2024, but they still seem unmotivated to trade him for Durant.

A Durant trade doesn’t appear to be imminent, with some analysts speculating that the disgruntled star could start the year back in Brooklyn. Durant listed the Suns and Heat as two of his favorite destinations, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. But the Suns’ potential bid for Durant was thwarted Thursday when the Pacers signed restricted free agent Deandre Ayton to a four-year offer. The Suns will match, according to Wojnarowskibut that means Ayton can’t be traded until mid-season, and if he’s traded in the first year of his new contract, he has to give his approval.

The Raptors and Warriors have also been rumored as potential candidates for a two-time Finals MVP.

As for Brown and the Celtics, both sides can agree to a three-year extension worth up to $111 million in October. But if Brown signs it, he could potentially leave up to $160 million on the table. If Brown just makes one of the All-NBA teams over the next few seasons, he could sign a five-year contract with the Celtics worth up to $273 million when he becomes a free agent in 2024.

While a Brown extension and Durant trade seem unlikely, the Celtics still had what several analysts considered a good offseason. Boston traded for guard Malcolm Brogdon earlier in July, and the only significant players included in the deal were center Daniel Theis and shooting guard Aaron Nesmith, plus a 2023 first-round pick. They also signed veteran forward Danilo Gallinari to a two-year contract using the taxpayer’s mid-level exception.

Both moves by the Celtics addressed what President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens felt were their biggest needs: playmaking and shooting. Brogdon averaged 6.3 assists per game with the Pacers over the last three seasons and made 37.6 percent of his career 3-pointers. Gallinari has been considered one of the best outside shooters in the game since entering the league in 2009, making 38.2 percent of his 3-pointers over his 13-year career.

The acquisitions of Brogdon and Gallinari made the Celtics the favorite to win the NBA title in 2022-23. at several sports betting shops. After already making a couple of big moves after losing in the NBA Finals, maybe the Celtics feel they don’t need to make a big move for Durant.

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