Reports: Celtics offer Brown to Nets in Durant trade talks

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, right, during the first half of Game 4 of a first-round playoff series. (John Minchillo/AP)

A new team is reportedly making an aggressive push in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes: the Boston Celtics.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Celtics sent the Brooklyn Nets a trade offer for Durant built around all-star forward Jaylen Brown.

"The Celtics appear no closer to acquiring Durant than others in discussions with the Nets, but Boston's ability to include All-Star forward Jaylen Brown as a centerpiece in offers does help make the team formidable in its pursuit," Wojnarowski writes, citing sources.

Wojnarowski reports the Boston offer also included three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two pick swaps in 2024 and 2026. However, Charania says the offer from the Celtics was Brown, guard Derrick White and a draft pick.

Regardless, both insiders report that the Nets rejected Boston's offer and are asking the Celtics to include both Brown and reigning defensive player of the year Marcus Smart in the deal, with other pieces.

"Currently, the Celtics are less inclined to include Smart along with multiple other player or pick assets, but the franchise is mulling over next steps on how to approach discussions," Charania writes.

Durant, the 33-year-old future Hall of Famer, requested a trade out of Brooklyn on June 30. He has four years and $198 million left on his contract, meaning the Nets are in no rush to complete a deal that doesn't meet their lofty asking price.

The Celtics swept the Nets in the first round of the playoffs this spring and eventually reached the NBA Finals before losing to Golden State.

Both Wojnarowski and Charania add in their pieces that the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors remain connected with Durant trade talks as well.

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