Kevin Durant Apr 23, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

More than a month and a half after Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant requested a trade, the former MVP is still with the team as the Nets have been unable to find a trade partner. However, it looks like a viable suitor could be coming forward as one team has emerged as a frontrunner to land Durant.

According to a report from Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Boston Celtics are the “unofficial front-runner” to land Durant thanks to their willingness to include NBA All-Star Jaylen Brown in the trade package.

Last month, the Celtics reportedly offered Brown, guard Derrick White, and a draft pick to the Nets in return for Durant. Brooklyn ultimately declined the trade, instead asking Boston to include Brown, reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, draft picks, and possibly one more rotation player. But the Celtics’ willingness to include Brown in the trade reportedly makes them the frontrunner.

While no trade has been finalized, Durant has been clear about his intentions to leave the team for the past month. The superstar met with Nets owner Joe Tsai to reiterate his trade request and issued an ultimatum, telling Tsai that he must choose between Durant or the pairing of general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash.

It looks like there will be plenty more twists before Durant finally finds a new home, but at least the Celtics seem willing to pursue him.

[The Athletic]