Media Day, for most NBA teams, is Sept. 26 .... essentially two months away.
Expect those two months to occasionally inject a frenzy of trade hysteria into a seemingly dormant stretch of the NBA offseason like we saw Monday, when multiple reports pinpointed the Boston Celtics as a potential serious suitor in the Kevin Durant chase.
Fortunately for this audience, I was already scheduled to host a Spotify Live session Monday afternoon with salary-cap expert and frequent CelticsBlog.com contributor Keith Smith even before the latest reports began to circulate. Smith duly joined me for an hour of NBA chat dominated by discussion about Brooklyn's slow-moving response to Durant's request to be traded on June 30, as well as Boston's suitability as a trade partner.
Among the specific topics Keith and I covered:
🏀 How much is too much for the Celtics to surrender for Durant?
🏀 Brad Stevens is now confronting his most significant headache yet since taking charge of Boston's front office: Jaylen Brown's clear dismay with being mentioned so prominently in trade speculation.
🏀 There was likewise plenty of back-and-forth about the Lakers' attempts to trade Russell Westbrook and acquire Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving ... as well as an update on the state of the Knicks' pursuit of Utah's Donovan Mitchell.
🏀 As a bonus, there was some unexpected (but welcome) discussion about various cities (and countries) and how their Indian food rates.
If you weren't able to join us live ... fear not. Enclosed is the recording to catch up at your leisure on a fun hour of chat on the latest headlines around the league.