One team is the favorite to land NBA superstar Kevin Durant this offseason.
Earlier this month it was reported that Durant told owner Joe Tsai that he needed to fire head coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks if they wanted to keep him.
Tsai fired back by showing support for Nash and Marks.
Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.
— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) August 8, 2022
Sam Amico is now reporting that the Boston Celtics, who have offered Jaylen Brown in a trade package for Durant, are the frontrunners to land the Nets superstar.
If you’re still trying to discuss a Kevin Durant deal without putting your second-best talent on the table, then just stop wasting everyone’s time and bow out of this race, NBA executives tell @sam_amick.
More on the KD sweepstakes: https://t.co/ExRxkOXaZa pic.twitter.com/Ol40ttm3eJ
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) August 16, 2022
Among the executives with whom I spoke, a Boston deal with Jaylen Brown as the centerpiece appears to be the unofficial front-runner here,” wrote Amick. “In general terms, sources say the Nets are using the fact that the Celtics (and perhaps other teams) have made their second-best player available as a baseline of sorts in negotiations. Translation: If you’re still trying to discuss a Durant deal without putting your second-best talent on the table, then just stop wasting everyone’s time and bow out of this race.”
Durant is still under contract with the Nets for the next 4 years, so they’re not in a hurry to trade away their star just yet.