Boston sports radio was in a tizzy when it was said that the Nets and Celtics were talking about trading Kevin Durant.
On Monday morning, it was reported that the Celtics and Nets have been in serious trade talks about Kevin Durant. This news sent the NBA world into a frenzy.
Boston sports radio shows have, of course, had a lot to say about the situation. What they’ve been saying is this:
Whether or not a trade is likely
People had different thoughts on the idea of giving up Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, draught picks, and maybe even one more player in the rotation for Kevin Durant. The people in 98.5 “Toucher and Rich” on the Sports Hub all agreed that the trade would be good for the Celtics.
Rich Shertenlieb from the show said Monday morning, “Now that they have Malcolm Brogdon, I think that’s a deal Brad Stevens has to make.”
Shertenlieb’s words were echoed by co-host Jon Wallach, who said, “I don’t see how you can’t do this. It makes too much sense for both sides, and fans of both teams can buy into it. The Celtics get one of the best players in the world, while the Nets get a fair return.
98.5’s Tony Massarotti: “Felger and Mazz” on the Sports Hub said that if the relationship between Brown and the Celtics can’t be fixed, Boston should trade Brown for Durant.
“If Jaylen Brown is going to leave, and you [the Celtics] can get four years of Kevin Durant right now for doing it, then you do it,” Massarotti said.
The co-hosts of “The Greg Hill Show” on WEEI had different first thoughts. Former Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins thought that Durant should take Brooklyn’s rumoured offer, but his co-hosts Hill and Courtney Cox, as well as producer Chris Curtis, weren’t so sure. They questioned Durant’s ability to deal with fan pressure based on his past behaviour.
How Durant fits in with Boston
Curtis talked about Kevin Durant’s mental toughness when he talked about whether or not he would be a good fit for the Celtics. He said, “If I had to pick one mental way to say that a guy couldn’t work here [in Boston], Kevin Durant is the model. Burner has a Twitter account, and he can’t stand it when fans say bad things about him.
98.5 Christian Arcand of The Sports Hub was not sure if Durant would be able to fit in with the team. He said that he wouldn’t make the deal because he couldn’t be sure that Durant and Tatum would find a way to get along. “From a team’s point of view, there’s no guarantee that it will work.”
Even though Massarotti and co-host Michael Felger agreed that the Celtics should get Durant if they are going to trade Brown, they weren’t sure if he would fit in with the team.
“I’m not sure if it works,” Felger said.
Massarotti agreed and said that putting Durant in front of Jayson Tatum would send “a bad message to Tatum.”
Massarotti also wondered if Tatum and Durant could work well together on the court. “I’m not sure how well their games work together,” he said. “Except for how tough they are, their games are kind of the same. You want the ball to be in their hands to start the offence with both of them.
But Wiggins of “The Greg Hill Show” said that the possible trade could happen because of how Tatum and Durant talk about each other. He said, “The way that Durant talks about [Tatum], I can easily see them putting their egos aside.”
About Jaylen Brown
Even if Boston doesn’t trade for Durant, hosts all over the city talked about what these talks might mean for Jaylen Brown’s future.
Greg Hill asked his co-hosts, “If the deal doesn’t go through, do you have a problem with Jaylen Brown moving forward?”
Wiggins said, “Yes, you have a bigger problem if the deal doesn’t go through, so you have to make this deal.”
Rich Keefe of “Gresh and Keefe” on WEEI also talked about this on Monday. “The Celtics shouldn’t have tried to trade Kevin Durant for Jaylen Brown. “That’s a bad idea,” Keefe said. “The worst thing about this is that Jaylen Brown’s time in Boston is over. It’s only a question of when, but it’s coming to an end.”
Brown’s ominous tweet in response to the rumours led Felger and Mazz to talk for a long time about how a possible growing rift between Brown and the Celtics could be a reason why they were willing to trade him.
Co-host Michael Felger said, “My guess is that the Celtics aren’t offering Jaylen Brown for Kevin Durant because they want Kevin Durant.” “They’re offering Jaylen Brown for Kevin Durant because Jaylen Brown doesn’t want the Celtics and they need to get something for him.”