Celtics expected to keep Jaylen Brown and not trade for Kevin Durant

The Boston Celtics are not expected to re-engage in talks with the Brooklyn Nets for a trade centered around Jaylen Brown and Kevin Durant.

In mid-July, the two franchises discussed the possibility of a trade, but Nets’ extremely high demands led Boston to pause talks.

“League sources have insisted for weeks that the Celtics have not had any real discussions of substance with the Nets about Kevin Durant, and they’ve communicated with Jaylen Brown about the situation frequently,” Adam Himmelsbach of Boston Globe reports.

Jaylen Brown has two years and $55,2M remaining in his current deal with the Celtics and has no intention to leave Boston this offseason.

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After reaching the NBA Finals in June, the Celtics want to remain an Eastern Conference powerhouse and have a second straight championship run.

Fellow NBA superstar Jayson Tatum has repeatedly said he doesn’t want the team to break up its core and wants to run it back with the same roster.

The addition of Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari significantly bolsters the team’s second unit, so the Celtics have no reason to break up their core and sacrifice their future.

Jaylen Brown finished the 2021/22 season averaging 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists and helped Boston reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.

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