Despite falling just two games short of an NBA championship last season, the Boston Celtics have been far from complacent this summer. They made important additions to the squad, signing striker Danilo Gallinari and striking a deal for guard Malcolm Brogdon.
However, recent rumors suggest that they may not be ready yet. According to multiple sources, the Celtics are locked in trade talks to potentially acquire Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. These rumors were recently reinforced by a viral photo.
A picture of Jayson Tatum and Durant made the rounds on Twitter on July 28. Based on their outfits, it appears that the photo was taken at the premiere of the film NYC point gods, on which Durant served as executive producer. Tatum and Durant’s photo had some fans questioning the Celtics star’s loyalty, but in all likelihood it was just two friends snapping a photo together. The two have a connection that stretches back to last off-season.
Tatum and Durant were teammates at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, where Team USA won a gold medal. They’ve maintained a relationship ever since, despite facing each other in the playoffs, so it’s relatively unsurprising to see them photographing together.
That being said, Tatum took some time to answer questions about the current situation in Boston as reporters caught up with him ahead of the premiere.
When asked about the Celtics’ involvement in trade rumors surrounding Durant, Tatum remained neutral. While Tatum referenced the fact that he used to be teammates with the Nets superstar and that Durant is a great player, he also said he loves the team Boston currently has.
“I played with him during the Olympics. He’s a great player. That is not my decision. i love our team I love the boys we have. I don’t know if this report is true or not,” Tatum said.
Tatum and the Celtics defeated Durant and the Nets in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Boston has made it to the NBA Finals and doesn’t necessarily need to make more changes to its roster in return, Tatum alluded to.
And while adding Durant to the team would undoubtedly make them better, the problem would be that Boston would have to part ways with All-Star Jaylen Brown in a deal. Shams Charania by The Athletic reported that they had already made him an offer, but still no deal had been made.
When asked about the rumors that Brown was thrown in a potential package for Durant, Tatum said he’s hesitant to believe it.
Reporters asked Tatum about the report that Brown was involved in a package for Durant, but the Celtics superstar pushed back the notion. Apparently, Tatum hasn’t directly denied the reports, but he said he tends not to believe everything he sees on the internet.
“I don’t believe everything I see on TV,” Tatum told reporters. “I’ve seen some lies about me, so you never really know what’s true and what’s not.”
Rumors of Durant joining the Celtics will no doubt continue into the off-season, but all fans can wait and see what happens.