1. Boston Celtics
This is where things could get interesting. How about the runner-up of this year’s NBA Finals making a run at their division rival’s star?
The Boston Celtics went on a deep run in the playoffs, starting with their sweep of Durant, Irving and the Nets in the first round. Boston then beat the then-defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, both of which occurred in seven games each. They ultimately fell in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors in six games, falling short of winning their 18th title.
Getting Durant could be a huge game-changer, and it will not come cheap for the Celtics, as they may have to make the tough choice to send Jaylen Brown to Brooklyn in a return.
The Nets and Celtics have completed a blockbuster trade with one another before. Back in 2013, Brooklyn acquired Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry in exchange for multiple players and draft picks. That trade burned the Nets and helped the Celtics.
If the Celtics want to put themselves over the top as huge NBA title contenders out of the East, they should try their best to acquire Durant from their division rivals.