The Boston Celtics are interested in acquiring Kevin Durant and they’re reportedly offered a package centered around Jaylen Brown. Celtics’ legend and two-time NBA champion Cedric Maxwell offered his insight on a potential deal for Durant.
“Jaylen Brown is one of my favorite players,” Maxwell said on his podcast Sunday (h/t Boston.com). “But if that trade were to happen I would be like ‘yep, that’s a good trade’. Because Red Auerbach said it best, you cannot fall in love with the assets or the players.”
Brown has been the best player offered in a trade package for Durant, but the Nets wanted more in the initial talks, per multiple reports. At 33 years old, Durant has four years and $198 million left on his contract.
The Celtics defeated the Nets 4-0 in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series last season. Maxwell compared the prospect of adding Durant with the trade the Celtics made to get Kevin Garnett in 2007.
He also noted that NBA is a business and many players have moved on to other places. He added that if there’s an opportunity to get Kevin Durant, then you make that move whatever the cost.
“It’s all about business and a lot of great players have moved on to other places. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but if you’re telling me right now I had an opportunity to go out and get Kevin Durant, I make that move,” the 1981 Finals’ MVP said.
Maxwell played 11 seasons in the NBA, with eight of them being with the Boston Celtics. He was part of the great Celtics’ teams in the early 80s winning two championships (1981,1984) in the process.