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NBA analyst explains why Kevin Durant deal unlikely in near future


He called it a “very fluid situation.”

Kevin Durant and Jaylen Brown face off in the first round of the playoffs. John Minchillo/AP Photo

Kevin Durant trade rumors have stalled.

Ian Begley, who covers the NBA for SNY, reported that a few people familiar with the Nets’ dynamic don’t expect a blockbuster deal to be imminent.

“There was some pessimism, a lot of pessimism, that a deal would be done in the near future,” Begley said.

Begley said it’s been difficult to find one or two other teams to facilitate a trade the Nets feel is appropriate.

“They said there wasn’t a lot of interest in the league last month for teams acting as third and fourth teams, as a conduit to do something here with the Nets and Durant. “, Begley said.

He called it a “very fluid situation” but doesn’t seem to think anything will happen soon. still gives the Celtics the best odds (-175) to land Durant if he doesn’t stay in Brooklyn, ahead of the Phoenix Suns (+350), Golden State Warriors (+400) and Toronto Raptors (+400) ). ). OddsChecker also puts Boston in the lead (-175).

The Celtics reportedly offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first-round pick for Durant…to no avail. By Athleticism‘s Shams Charania, the Nets offered a package that included Brown, Marcus Smart, another rotation player and several draft picks…also to no avail.

It seems likely that if the Celtics are to make the trade, they’ll have to give up Brown, at least one key player and at least one pick.

The Celtics, who acquired Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari in the offseason after advancing to the NBA Finals, currently have the best odds (+550) to win it all next year.


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