As Kevin Durant rumors keep rolling, Brian Windhorst once again enlightened the NBA world about the reality around talks between the Nets and Celtics.
There are so many reports and rumors concerning Kevin Durant trade possibilities that even new reports turn out to be old news.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN made that clear during an appearance on 98.7 Arizona Sports when discussing the reported trade offer the Celtics proposed to the Nets.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletics Shams Charania each reported the offer which included Jaylen Brown on Monday. According to Windhorst, the talks between the two teams actually happened a while ago.
Kevin Durant rumors: Brian Windhorst once again enlightens us
“I don’t think the Nets are involved in active talks right now,” Windhorst said, per Sarah Kezele of Arizona Sports. “I know it came out today so it’s front of mind, but those are not fresh talks.”
The offer from Boston appeared to happen weeks ago. It’s only now emerged.
What does that mean for the Celtics and Nets? Charania reported that Brooklyn rejected the offer because they want Brown and Marcus Smart involved in any trade. Knowing that Boston received a counterproposal weeks ago and hasn’t moved forward could be a sign they’re really not interested in losing Smart.
Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report backed up that idea, reporting that trade talks occurred at the beginning of July but “no rival teams’ trade offers have come close to meeting Brooklyn’s lofty expectations.”
“Several opposing executives contacted by B/R have suggested the Nets’ terms are so significant because Brooklyn has no intention to truly move Durant,” Fischer added.
If that’s the case, responding to Boston’s Brown offer by bringing up Smart’s name could all be part of the Nets’ plan to ask for exactly what an opposing team is unwilling to give up.