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Shifting on from the summer season of Kevin Durant rumors

Properly, that was one thing. The Kevin Durant commerce demand positive gave us a number of information cycles, content material, and occasional angst, however I’m very relieved for it to be over, …a minimum of for now. Under are some scattered ideas on what occurs subsequent.

  • For starters, the remainder of the league can get on with no matter backup plans and previously on-hold transactions they’d deliberate. It’s comprehensible that many groups had been taking a wait-and-see method to the KD drama. The Lakers, for instance, have made no secret that Kyrie Irving was their primary aim with Westbrook’s expiring contract and two picks supply. Now they’ll transfer on to different potential offers (with the Pacers or Jazz?). The a lot rumored Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks discussions didn’t have to attend for Durant, however there might have been shifting items doubtlessly concerned that gained’t be there now.
  • I wouldn’t rely on any offers magically materializing for the Celtics, however you by no means know. Likelihood is, they’re pleased with the roster that they’ve and can see how issues play out in coaching camp and into the primary few months of the season. I nonetheless have my eyes on the backup massive function, however I’m additionally hopeful that Luke Kornet can a minimum of fill in as a cease hole.
  • As a lot as we’d all love to completely transfer on from all of this, preserve January 15 circled at the back of your thoughts. That’s when Deandre Ayton may be traded after signing his contract this summer season. Within the weeks main as much as that date, I’d anticipate some chatter to re-emerge on a possible Durant deal and which means the Celtics shall be looped into the rumors once more, whether or not they prefer it or not. Even when the Celtics don’t reply one other cellphone name, the Nets will nonetheless leak out Jaylen Brown as a place to begin stage supply.
  • Then once more, perhaps the Brooklyn Nets will truly be good and all the pieces shall be forgiven. They’ve the roster that might win a number of video games and wash away any lingering animosity between everybody concerned. After all that relies on (deep breath) Ben Simmons being wholesome and enjoying and never afraid to shoot layups whereas Kyrie Irving is enjoying and never injured and never being an off court docket distraction and Kevin Durant enjoying on the stage he’s able to with out slowing down and the remainder of the roster becoming round that trio in an efficient means regardless of being in a aggressive Japanese Convention (gasps for air).

2022 NBA Playoffs - Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

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  • So, the elephant within the room is Jaylen Brown. No one actually is aware of precisely how he’s feeling about seeing his identify cycled by means of commerce rumors as soon as once more (and so quickly after a Finals look no much less). Possibly he’s completely fantastic with it and understands it’s a enterprise and this stuff occur. Possibly he’s flattered to be thought of the very best piece provided for a positive Corridor of Famer. Or perhaps he’s damage and can use this as gas for his aggressive fireplace. Or perhaps he’s simply damage and this can injury his relationship with the Celtics in a roundabout way over the long run. Or maybe there’s some mixture of all the above and dozens extra ideas and emotions blended in as properly. No one is aware of and even when he solutions the inevitable questions he’ll get in coaching camp, we might by no means know. And that’s his enterprise.
  • All we are able to do is collectively transfer on and chalk it as much as summer season rumors filling a void of stories cycles. We’ll in all probability by no means know simply how shut Durant got here to changing into a Celtic and that’s fantastic with me. I really like the roster that we’ve and I need to see what this staff seems like heading into a brand new season as one of many prime contenders for the title. I need to see what Jaylen Brown seems like getting back from a summer season of engaged on his sport (sure, together with his ball dealing with in site visitors). I need to see Jayson Tatum begin off robust and get into the MVP dialog. I need to see how Ime Udoka weaves collectively rotations involving newcomer Malcolm Brogdon, relative newcomer Derrick White, and longtime soul of the staff Marcus Good.
  • Most of all I simply need to see the Celtics enjoying once more. I’m pleased that they’ve some extra time to relaxation and prepare, however as a fan, the season can’t begin quickly sufficient. Go Celtics!


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