NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant Trade Centered Around Jaylen Brown Is Still 'Viable'

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Ernesto Cova

Kevin Durant and Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai had a long overdue meeting to discuss his trade request.

But instead of finding some kind of middle ground to try and make amends, the two-time NBA Champion wants the team to choose between him or coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks. Ironically, KD and Kyrie Irving pretty much chose Nash and were signed by Marks.

Nets Want A Lot For KD

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It's clear that the team shouldn't allow a player — whoever that player is — to make those decisions or give them an ultimatum, so Durant is most likely heading out the door. Thus far, the Nets' steep asking price has prevented any deal from going through, per Shams Charania:

"After Durant’s trade request on June 30, the Nets engaged in conversations with almost every team in the league, according to sources," wrote Charania. "But because the Nets have set a sky-high threshold for the return the franchise wants for Durant — a two-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, a former league MVP and 12-time All-Star — teams have not yet been able to meet the asking price."

Celtics Could Lead The Race

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But the Nets still won't take a penny on the dollar on their coveted asset and will look to get the best possible deal. Right now, it seems like that offer could come from the Boston Celtics in a trade package centered around Jaylen Brown:

"The Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat remain the most significant candidates to acquire Durant, sources said, with Boston’s package centering around All-Star forward Jaylen Brown seen as a viable deal," Charania added. "Tsai and the Nets have made clear privately that they will take every last asset from a team that trades for Durant, sources said."

KD Hates Nash, Likes Udoka

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Durant has a close relationship with Celtics coach Ime Udoka from their time together during the Olympics, so he'd welcome a move to the TD Garden:

"Durant has grown close with Boston coach Ime Udoka in recent years after Udoka spent a year with Durant as an assistant in Brooklyn and later with Team USA for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," the report concluded.

Nets Owner Stands By His Staff

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Nets owner Joe Tsai made it clear that he's already taken a stand after Durant's ultimatum. He took to Twitter to vow his support for his employees and won't be extorted by a player:

"Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets," Tsai tweeted.

That's the kind of stance one would expect from strong, serious leadership. Nobody is above an entire organization.