Report: Kevin Durant has a desire to play alongside Marcus Smart


Kevin Durant has reportedly given his ultimatum to the Nets, telling Brooklyn owner Joe Tsai that either he fires head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks, or he should still continue to shop Brooklyn’s superstar.

Tsai took to Twitter hours after their meeting to express his support for Nash and Marks, making a Durant trade likely before the start of the season.

Are the Celtics now favorites for Duant?

So, where could Durant land? According to Ian Begley of SNY, Durant would like to wind up in Boston.

Per Begley, Durant “sees Boston as a desired landing spot,” and he particularly would like to play alongside Marcus Smart, the Celtics’ 27-year-old guard who 12.1 points and 5.9 assists per game last season.

That desire could complicate things for the Nets and Celtics, as Brooklyn reportedly wanted Smart in any trade for Durant, according to The Athletic.

The Celtics reached the NBA Finals last season, and adding a superstar like Durant would certainly launch them into bonafide contender territory once again, though a return haul for Durant will have to be massive considering he still has four years left on his contract.