Report: Celtics offered Jaylen Brown a package deal for Kevin Durant

After going to bed/waking up to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics have committed the Nets to a deal for Kevin Durant, The Athletic’s Shams Charania has more details on the potential trade packages:

The Celtics have offered Brown, guard Derrick White and a Nets draft pick for Durant, sources said. The proposal was rejected and Brooklyn asked Boston – in any proposal – to include Brown, Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, draft picks and potentially another rotation player, the sources added. Currently, the Celtics are less inclined to include Smart with several other player assets or select assets, but the franchise is considering next steps on how to approach discussions.

Hours earlier, ESPN’s Wojnarowski had hinted that the Celtics could win most offers by including Brown, but this is the first time it’s actually been reported that the president of basketball operations, Brad Stevens, pitched his name as a potential trade play to acquire KD. Charania notes that Durant-to-Boston is a “serious possibility” with previous contenders – the Suns, Heat and Raptors – not having the talent base to match Brooklyn’s high price tag.

Brown, 25, has two more years at nearly $30 million per season left on his contract. Durant is entering the first year of a four-year, $194 million max extension next season. There have been rumors that Brown would like to test out free agency in 2024 as he enters his prime. If locking down one of the greatest players of this generation to partner with Jayson Tatum seems like a no-brainer to some, KD will be 34 when the 2022-23 season begins. With his serious injury history, the window for contention might be more open in the short term, but in the long term, the Celtics front office must consider the long-term ramifications of such a gamble.

Amanda J. Marsh