Boston have done a good job so far, bringing in two veteran shooters in Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari, as they could have used them in the last NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
But, Boston want more and they are on the lookout for superstar Kevin Durant, who asked the Brooklyn Nets to be traded a few weeks ago.
Trading Brown, Smart and draft picks
According to The Athletic, the Celtics have offered Jalen Brown as a makeweight pending the Nets‘ thumbs up, however Brooklyn‘s demands appear to be unattainable for now.
The Celtics reportedly offered Jalen Brown, point guard Derrick White and a draft pick to the Nets for Durant, however Brooklyn‘s demands appear to be unattainable for now.
The Athletic informs that Brooklyn have asked Boston to include Brown, Marcus Smart, several draft picks and potentially one more rotation player in their offer.
Boston has a superstar in Jayson Tatum, who they don’t want to lose, and some other solid pieces.
If they manage to get this trade done, it’d send shockwaves through the NBA.
How can the Boston Celtics acquire Kevin Durant?
While the Celtics could offer Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Derrick White, a 2025 first-round draft pick and 2027 first-round pick in exchange for Durant, Tatum is absolutely untouchable and the Celtics will also want to hold on to other key players, such as Al Horford, Robert Williams and Malcolm Brogdon, who can be placed around the two superstars.
But Brooklyn are not going to let go of Durant at any price. They want an All-Star to replace their own star.
The Celtics‘ package does offer them that. Brown is an All-Star with a chance to form a fine partnership with Ben Simmons. Meanwhile, Smart is coming off a season in which he was named the league’s best defensive player.
The Celtics are a very competitive team as currently constructed, but Durant would take them to another dimension. He is considered one of the 15 greatest players of all time, and the Celtics know it.
Westbrook, a liability for the Lakers
The other team that could radically change the NBA landscape is the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Russell Westbrook experiment was a complete disaster. The point guard had the worst season of his career and did not gel with LeBron James.
Westbrook ended up shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 29.8 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
The Lakers need to get rid of Westbrook and bring in a superstar such as Kyrie Irving, who already won a ring with LeBron James at the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
They have chemistry on the court and Kyrie is a better fit than Westbrook in almost every way. Irving is available for a trade, with The Athletic’s Shams Charania reporting that a move shouldn’t be ruled out.
How can the LA Lakers acquire Kyrie Irving?
The Lakers could offer Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, a 2026 first-round pick and a 2027 first-round pick in exchange for Irving and also Seth Curry.
It’s no secret that Brooklyn want to get rid of Kyrie because the player has been in the centre of controversy over his vaccination views.
Irving and LeBron James could form a dynamic partnership, as they have done in the past with the Cavs, and create the finest Big Three in the NBA when you consider they already have Anthony Davis.