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It’s been almost a month since NBA star Kevin Durant requested a move from the Brooklyn Nets, but that may be nearing completion as the Boston Celtics are reportedly entering the trade race.

According to ESPN’s NBA expert Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics aren’t exactly front-runners compared to other interested parties, but the possibility of Jaylen Brown being included in any deal makes them a hot prospect.

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The report went on to state that the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors have significant interest in landing Durant.

Ever since the bombshell trade request, the Nets have made it clear to the rest of the league that it will take something special for them to even consider doing a trade.

According to the report, the Nets hope to recoup several unexpected first-round picks, pick up swings, and acquire one-man impact players.

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Unsurprisingly, no team has made a serious offer for Durant that has piqued the Nets’ interest.

In light of the deal between the Nets and Celtics, ESPN said Boston star Jayson Tatum would not be off limits in any deal, but a package that includes Brown, up to three unexpected first-round picks and two pick swaps could do the trick.

Brown, who has two years and $AUD81 million remaining in the 2021/22 season, averaged personal bests of 23.1 points and 3.5 assists in 2021/22, along with 6.9 rebounds.

As for Durant, he has four years and an eye-watering $286 million left on his deal with Brooklyn, leaving the franchise with almost all negotiating power for any deal.

Durant requested a trade on June 30 following the Kyrie Irving saga, which suggested he could have declined his player option and sought a sign-and-trade deal with a different franchise.

However, Irving finally put pen to paper and picked up his $53 million player option, locking himself in for another season with the Nets.

After going 4-1 in 2021, the Nets were swept 4-0 this year and faced the Celtics in the first round of the East playoffs the past two seasons.

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