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Celtics Rumors: Jaylen Brown, BOS Communicate 'All the Time' amid Durant Trade Buzz

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 11, 2022

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While Jaylen Brown's status with the Boston Celtics remains uncertain, the front office has reportedly remained transparent as they explore a trade for Kevin Durant.

Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and coach Ime Udoka remain in communication with Brown "all the time" to keep him abreast of trade talks.

Brown is also reportedly understanding of the Celtics' pursuit, which is a bit of a surprise given his subtweet of the situation last month.

Jaylen Brown @FCHWPO

Smh

Brown is also reportedly understanding of the Celtics' pursuit, which is a bit of a surprise given his subtweet of the situation last month.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the Celtics offered Brown, Derrick White and a future draft pick in exchange for Durant. The Nets countered by asking for Marcus Smart and multiple future draft picks along with Brown, an offer Boston declined.

Kurt Helin of NBC Sports reported the Celtics have also been resistant to give up center Robert Williams III, another potential defensive building block.

Brown has long been seen as the best young star the Nets could acquire for Durant, who requested a trade in June. Durant recently reiterated his desire to leave Brooklyn in a meeting with governor Joe Tsai, saying the team needed to fire coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks if Tsai wanted him to change his mind.

Tsai responded to the report on Twitter, making it clear he had no interest in acquiescing to Durant's demands.

Joe Tsai @joetsai1999

Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.

Brown is no stranger to being on the trade block, having been bandied about in rumors for Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard in the past. It would be fair if Brown were a little fed up with the constant speculation and wanted an exit of his own. Brown has two years remaining on his contract and almost certainly will not sign an extension before hitting free agency, given he will be eligible to make more money if he allows his contract to expire.

Durant, by contrast, is under contract for four more seasons.

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