Jayson Tatum is working out with the enemy … who could also wind up being his teammate this season.
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The Celtics’ star was recently photographed shooting hoops with DeMar DeRozan and, you guessed it, Kevin Durant. Last month, they attended the premier of a Showtime documentary, “Point Gods,” together. Tatum and Durant played together on Team USA last summer.
It’s impossible to write any story about Tatum and Durant hanging out without mentioning the Celtics’ apparent interest in the 12-time All-Star. The Athletic’s Sam Amick reports the Celtics are the “front-runner” for Durant, despite some reports that trade discussions between the two teams haven’t progressed.
“Among the executives with whom I spoke, a Boston deal with Jaylen Brown as the centerpiece appears to be the unofficial front-runner here,” writes Amick.
The veteran NBA reporter adds the Nets are using Brown as a baseline in trade discussions with other clubs. It seems as if Boston is setting the market.
“In general terms, sources say the Nets are using the fact that the Celtics (and perhaps other teams) have made their second-best player available as a baseline of sorts in negotiations,” writes Amick. “Translation: If you’re still trying to discuss a Durant deal without putting your second-best talent on the table, then just stop wasting everyone’s time and bow out of this race.”
Durant demanded a trade from the Nets in late June, just before the start of NBA free agency. Last week, he reportedly gave the franchise an ultimatum about either keeping him, or head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks.
Nets owner Joe Tsai tweeted his support for Nash and Marks.
Historically, it takes a long time for NBA trades involving superstars to materialize. Durant is an especially unique case, because he has four years remaining on his $194 million contract.
With training camp slated to start next month, it’s feasible Brown could report to Waltham with the Durant rumors still swirling. It’s worth pointing that team broadcasters Brian Scalabrine and Cedric Maxwell have advocated for the Celtics to make the deal.
Maybe Tatum is, too?