They made an initial offer to the Brooklyn Nets, which included All-Star wing Jaylen Brown, which was denied.
The Nets and Celtics entered trade discussions for Kevin Durant, per @ShamsCharania
Boston reportedly offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a draft pick for Durant, but the Nets also wanted Marcus Smart, more draft picks and potentially one more rotation player pic.twitter.com/qTvOQezcx3
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 25, 2022
The Celtics are coming off a loss in the NBA Finals which made it clear they need more depth and overall help on the offensive end.
At first glance, it may look like Durant would give them what they’ve been missing and put them over the top.
However, given Durant’s overall situation, the Celtics would be sacrificing up to a decade of title contention for one or two years of prime Durant, and even that is no guarantee.
Durant Comes With Significant Risks
A strong case could be made that, when healthy, Durant is the best player in the NBA.
After all, he did average 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game this past season while shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from 3-point range.
But “when healthy” hasn’t been happening enough for Durant or the Nets.
Ever since he tore his Achilles during the 2019 NBA Finals, he has had trouble remaining healthy.
Over the last two seasons, Durant has appeared in a total of just 90 regular season games due to multiple ailments.
At age 33 (he will turn 34 in late September), counting on him to stay healthy for at least 70 regular season contests and all through the playoffs is a risky bet.
Plus, he is at the point where there is no telling how many elite or near-elite years he has left.
He could end up like LeBron James and still be one of the best in the league when he enters his late-30s, or he could decline significantly very soon.
When a team like the Celtics is very close to winning it all and has already made nice improvements to its roster this summer, there is no need to roll the dice on someone such as Durant.
The Celtics Have A Very Good Setup As It Is
Boston has not only one of the NBA’s best rosters, but it is a relatively young roster that can continue to contend for championships for possibly another decade.
Tatum hasn’t reached Durant’s heights, at least not yet, but like Durant, he is a long forward with ample athleticism, outstanding one-on-one shot-creation skills and defensive ability.
If Tatum becomes a consistently strong shooter from outside of the paint, he could become a Durant-like player, especially in terms of his efficiency, which is the main bone of contention for him right now.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum just made the Finals together at ages 24 and 25. Marcus Smart is the reigning DPOY. The Celtics have already improved their roster from last season
Do not trade for Kevin Durant.
— Green Machine (@Greenmachine17_) July 25, 2022
The Celtics aren’t exactly in a desperate situation right now, and that means they shouldn’t make a desperate move such as trading a young, ascendent star for a superstar who is nearing the tail end of his career.