The Kevin Durant sweepstakes concluded with a whimper this week, when the 12-time All-Star agreed to rescind his trade demand during a meeting with Nets brass.
The rumor mill surrounding Durant never seemed to kick into high gear, and according to multiple NBA insiders and reports, that's because interest in Durant was relatively tepid given the Nets' steep asking price, as well as Durant's apparently questionable commitment to his teams in recent years.
When all was said done, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the best offer the Nets ultimately received for Durant came from the conference-rival Celtics.
The reigning Eastern Conference champions offered wing Jaylen Brown, combo guard Derrick White, and a first-round draft pick to Brooklyn in exchange for Durant, Charania revealed on The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday.
The Celtics' apparent willingness to offer up Brown has previously been the subject of conflicting reports, and it was unclear exactly who and what else they might be willing to make available in order to land Durant.
The Nets were said to have asked for both Brown and Jayson Tatum, the latter of which the Celtics were said to view as "untouchable." Robert Williams III, a budding star at center, was also reportedly off the table.
Meanwhile, at least a couple reports seemed to suggest Durant was interested in landing in Boston. One report said he was keen to team up with guard Marcus Smart, and, later, photos surfaced showing Durant working out with Tatum. Meanwhile, Charania had reported that Durant has grown close in recent years with Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, a former Nets assistant who was considered for the head coaching job before it went to Steve Nash. Udoka also coached Durant as an assistant with Team USA at the Tokyo Games in 2021.
In any event, a Durant deal never came to pass, but it certainly seems like the Celtics may have been the closest to landing the former MVP.