Celtics offer Jaylen Brown package for Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell latest news and more: Inside Pass


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As the calendar approaches August and most of the roster maneuvers that occur through the NBA Draft and free agents are behind us, the dog days of the offseason have arrived. But the uncertain future of superstars Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell continues to hang over the league. The NBA never sleeps.

So, as NBA executives and players travel around the world in search of much-needed free time and personal time after the shortened offseasons in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, a full summer is giving everyone time to clear their thoughts, even when the power balance itself for next season and beyond remains to be determined.

There is no deadline for a deal right now, but deadlines always breed action, allowing the parties to either get really serious or drop the discussion. Now, the start of training camp around September 26th is the unofficial trade deadline. Teams looking to relocate players face the end of September date to find a move ahead of camp – or they risk getting clouds hanging over the start of the season.

According to sources, Durant requested a trade from Brooklyn on June 30, and after intense discussions between the Nets and interested teams in early July, the talks slowed down. The Nets have set an incredibly high threshold for the return the franchise wants from Durant’s trade – two-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, former league MVP, and 12-time All-Star – and the teams haven’t come close to that. to meet their price yet.

Durant showed no change in his stance, the sources say, and league-wide leaders at the Summer League in Las Vegas this month wondered if his status for training camp could be called into question by resistance if the trade didn’t go through.

After the Phoenix Suns equalized Indiana’s $133 million maximum offer with DeAndre Ayton, the list of contenders for Durant became clearer. With Ayton currently untradeable, the Suns seem to be almost out of Durant’s draw. The Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat remain among the teams chasing Durant, and the Boston Celtics recently offered a package for Durant that includes former All-Star Jaylen Brown, and they have become a real threat to acquire Durant. league sources say. Athletic.

Sources say the Celtics offered the Nets Brown, defenseman Derrick White, and a draft pick for Durant. The offer was rejected, and Brooklyn asked Boston — in any offer — to include Brown, Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, draft picks and possibly another rotation player, the sources added. Currently, the Celtics are less inclined to include Smart along with a few other players or pick assets, but the franchise is considering next steps on how to approach discussions.

At this point, the Celtics represent a serious touchdown opportunity for Durant. They are very interested in attracting him and see him as a figure to help them overcome this final hurdle. While there is a lot of work to be done, a deal remains to be struck that will satisfy the Nets’ overwhelming plea.

For Boston, fresh from the NBA Finals, President Brad Stevens must analyze and explore the possibility of getting one of the greatest players in league history. However, the Celtics are certainly determined to be reasonable and interested in ensuring the franchise can remain a championship contender for years to come, which is what the current core looks like it will be doing. But this Kevin Duranand his greatness could instantly turn a team’s fortunes from title contender to winner under the right circumstances.

A deal with Durant is not in sight, and as August and then September approach, the Nets’ real desires will become clear. The Brooklyn front office, led by general manager Sean Marks, set a high price in the Durant market by building a team that instills confidence in the organization in its ability to fight if the team brings the roster to training camp as it is. The responsibility for negotiating a price for one of the NBA’s greatest players rests with the stakeholders. The Utah Jazz traded Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a multi-player package, their 2022 first-round pick Walker Kessler, four prospective first-round picks, and a draft trade that slightly boosted the market value of Durant and the Nets. ‘ The pursuit of players and All-Star caliber picks.

Nets star Kyrie Irving has selected his $37 million player option for next season, committing to play the 2022–23 season with the franchise. Much remains to be seen in Brooklyn – and a clearer picture promises to emerge as the summer approaches – and the belief remains that the best way to challenge for the championship could certainly be to bring the current roster into the new season.

ESPN first reported the Celtics’ entry as an interested Durant fan.

Meanwhile, the league’s eyes and ears also remain on the Utah Jazz and New York Knicks involved in Mitchell’s trade talks. The Knicks’ asset pool – up to eight first-round picks and young players like Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickly and Obie Toppin – gives them a clear signing opportunity for Mitchell, but sources say talks are moving slowly so far and the parties are far away. not a contract. With three years left on Mitchell’s contract, the Jazz are not acting on a whim and they have time to evaluate the best deals for the 25-year-old.

Mitchell spent the summer in his usual off-season routine of high-intensity workouts and time with family and friends. The three-time NBA All-Star did not request a trade or attempt to leave Utah, sources said, but if the franchise moves towards a full recovery, a competitor like Mitchell would prefer to be in a win-focused environment right now. not later than.

According to sources, along with New York, several other bands have shown interest in jazz when it comes to Mitchell, such as Washington, Miami, Toronto, Charlotte, Sacramento and Atlanta.

Like Brooklyn, the Jazz have firmly set the bar high for any potential Mitchell deal and expect to be patient throughout the process. For now, Jazz will continue to evaluate incoming calls and look for ways to balance their lineup.

The unofficial NBA offseason trade deadline is set to expire in two months, and Durant and Mitchell are looming as top dominoes for the entire league.

More NBA news and notes…

Cleveland Cavaliers

Colleen Sexton is in the midst of the toughest free agent status ever — a restricted free agent — but the fourth-year guard and his spokesman, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, have so far shown they won’t agree to negotiate. Discussions could move into training camp and possibly into the season as the league landscape changes.

Sexton has received a $7.2 million qualifying offer for the 2022-23 season, making him one of the best unrestricted free agents on the market next offseason.

Houston Rockets

Sources say Rockets defenseman Kevin Porter Jr. and the organization are interested in a contract extension through the 2022-23 season. Porter, selected 30th overall in the 2019 NBA draft, is entering the final season of his rookie deal. He joined the Rockets on January 29, 2021 and has made progress over the last two years in Houston.

Last season, Porter averaged 15.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game, as well as a career-best 37.5% from three-point range.

Los Angeles Lakers

After further talks, former NBA All-Star Rashid Wallace will no longer be joining new Lakers coach Darwin Ham’s team, sources said. Last season, Wallace worked as an assistant to Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis.

Utah Jazz

Utah, New York and Indiana are among the teams that have been discussing deals with the Lakers involving Russell Westbrook and a capital project, sources said. No deal is foreseen in these conversations – as the general trading market plays out over the next two months of the off-season.

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