Could the Boston Celtics saga surrounding rumors that the team has been in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about trading Celtics wing Jaylen Brown for veteran forward Kevin Durant come to an end? According to a new report from Heavy’s Steve Bulpett, the Nets front office will meet with Durant this week, though exactly what the purpose of that meeting might be remains unknown.
According to Bulpett’s unnamed league executive source, KD “will meet with the owner this week” about things the Nets star is unhappy about. “I’m not sure any of that gets fixed here,” they added. “But maybe it does.”
So where exactly does Boston fit into all of this?
Obviously, the whole process surrounding Durant’s trade request and how the Nets handled it has ruffled feathers in other front offices with the Celtics being linked to Brooklyn via the Brown leak.
“I think there are some teams that aren’t too happy that when they talk to Brooklyn it gets in the papers,” said a personnel executive for another non-Boston team. “That doesn’t help. I’ve talked to a few teams that aren’t happy with the rumors that are coming out of there in all of this.”
“Not a good way to do business,” they suggested.
Bulpett himself wondered if Brooklyn’s intentions might also have been to intentionally damage the Celtics’ connection to Brown.
“That’s probably why they won’t do anything and why they haven’t had talks for a while,” another unnamed source said. “I don’t think they’re going to get anything done with Boston.”
It could all have been a ploy to get Durant to return to the team after a series of in-season trades to then acquire James Harden having left the Nets with an incomplete roster until the postseason arrived ;
It’s not common for teams to leak disinformation with the express intent to harm opponents in the way Bulpett questions.
But it’s also not unheard of – and if it happened to fit in with their goals of keeping the team together, it could actually make quite a bit of sense.
For the Celtics, it would be something of a respite for fans eager to see what a beefed-up version of last season’s Finals team can do with the addition of Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari.
As for the ties between Boston’s front office and the Browns, they’ve faced similar situations in the past.
If it turns out that the Celtics never had serious interest in moving the Georgia native, this may all seem like much ado about nothing going forward.
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