Yes or no to a Jaylen Brown for Kevin Durant swap

Would the Boston Celtics do the unthinkable and strike a deal for the great Kevin Durant centered around a package that starts with Jaylen Brown?

Speaking of fireworks, that would be the kind of explosive move that would either secure Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens as a savvy, brave manager or cement him as the No. 1 enemy for those shying away from any idea of ​​separating the Jays .

To really think about it, a deal with the Brooklyn Nets for Durant would be ironic for a number of reasons. Not only would the Celtics use the Nets again to take another step in the franchise’s quest for Banner 18, but they would do so by trading them back a player they found with one of those coveted draft picks, the Danny Ainge hoarded in that Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce deal back then.

There’s also Kyrie Irving, but this opinion piece isn’t about him. It’s about trading a rising star in Jaylen Brown for an aging Kevin Durant who’s still one of, if not one of, the best players in the world.

Boston Celtics could make a bold move and put together a package for Kevin Durant

Is Durant and Jayson Tatum’s pairing more attractive for a very strong team led by Brown and Tatum, a team that was two wins away from an NBA championship before Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari were added to the mix?

Is winning Banner 18, 19 and maybe 20 over a four-year span with Durant more of a reality?

This is where the back and forth goes back and forth, because Durant can start going down any year now. On the other hand, Boston Sports fans thought of Tom Brady many seasons ago and he’s still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL well into his 40’s.

Basketball is a different game, however, and as much fun as Durant’s daily battles with the Boston media would be, it would feel more natural to watch a player like Brown continue to improve and help propel this team to a championship to lead.

With more Durant dangling out there as teams like the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and those Golden State Warriors try to maneuver a package that would lure the Nets, a Celtics package centered around Jaylen Brown makes more sense. This fan is torn and I’m not the only one.

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Stadion NBA insider Jeff Goodman is also torn over an NBA blockbuster deal that would set the league on fire. Appearing on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show, Goodman said it would depend on what else the Celtics would have to give up.

“I don’t know. I mean, I don’t think so. I’m torn about whether — obviously you have to give up Jaylen Brown in a deal to get KD and more than that — I’m even torn,” said Goodman on Tuesday, as transcribed by WEEI, “And you know I’m not the biggest Jaylen Brown guy in the world but KD at 34, his injury history and certainly, yes you have a good young core here who played well together last year. Again, I don’t think it’s fair to judge KD last season because he had to play with Kyrie. And he was the one who chose that, I understand, but anyone who with Kyrie has to play, it’s certainly just as taxing mentally as anything else.

“Well I don’t know, I don’t know if I would do it or not. Again, it probably depends on exactly what you would have to give up, but I would assume it would be Jaylen Brown and one other player and at least one first-round pick.

Aside from Durant’s age, it really depends on the other player or players that would need to be involved. Anyone from Marcus Smart, Derrick White or Robert Williams could make this package more interesting for the Nets, but Stevens needs to be careful not to gut the roster for a player at Durant who, after a season, might decide Boston isn’t for him and ask to be traded.

Would it be worth separating the Jays for that opportunity? Though Durant would bring the Celtics to the promised land in a heartbeat, it’s certainly a gamble and this fan hesitates.

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