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NBA Trade Rumors: Kevin Durant Lets the Celtics Know Who He Wants to Play with

( [email protected] ) Jun 02, 2016 12:31 PM EDT
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is expected to become a free agent once this season ends. And, one of the teams looking to acquire the OKC small forward is the Boston Celtics.
Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts to a call in action against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter in game six of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is expected to become a free agent once this season ends. And, one of the teams looking to acquire the OKC small forward is the Boston Celtics.

According to rumors, the Celtics is already making its move in luring Durant to Boston by reportedly discussing the matter with the athlete's agent and other representatives. The team is hoping that through these discussions, it will be able to eventually schedule a visit for Durant sometime this summer.

But, as noted by NESN, it seems Durant has a few conditions first before considering to join the Celtics. As reported by the news site, Durant has reportedly told his representative which players he wants to play with in Boston.

This is very similar to what happened in 2007 when the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett. Before securing the NBA superstar, it had to get Ray Allen first.

Going back to Durant's status, Butch Stearns, of the sports radio program WEEI said that the Celtics already know who Durant wants to be with according to his representatives.

"I have this on pretty good authority: the Celtics have sat with his agent and other representatives of Durant," Stearns said during the program. "The Celtics do know - I don't know who it is - but they do know who he would prefer to be brought in here in a Lebron James-Chris Bosch-Dwayne Wade-like way."

"Because that's how it works in the NBA," he added. "You need to know who the guy or guys that the guy wants, which would be a factor."

For now, however, this piece of info can only be considered as a rumor but it coincides with what Durant recently said regarding his upcoming free agency status. According to him, the kind of players he'll be around with is very vital.

"The most important things for me are the types of people I'm going to be around every single day and if I'm enjoying playing basketball," he told USA Today. "That's the thing I really want to center everything around."

"Obviously winning a championship is what we all want to do, but at the same time you want to be around good people, you want to be in a good environment, a good culture, so that's the most important to me," he added.

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