Durant for Brown plus salary matching? Why is there no "HELL NO!!!!" option in this poll.
Durant will be 34 next season and he is on the hook for $44, $46, $49, and $53 million over the next 4 years. He's also been injury prone over the past few years. What are you getting for that money? 50 games? 60?
That's an obscene amount of money to pay for a player who, while still great, may not be during the last year or two - during which you aren't going to be able to move him with that contract. He was mediore to bad for most of the playoffs against Boston. He doesn't fit their defensive system, so the team would have to reinvent itself as a scoring team that can be scored upon.
More palatable to me would be Durant for Horford and Theis. That would still require reinventing the team and it would leave them very short of center depth behind Rob which they would have to fix with the MLE/TPE. But at least you get a legit "Big 3" out of the deal, along with Smart, White, and Rob. KD can recruit some vet min depth to that team.
The other ways to do it are Smart+White+Nesmith. That kills the point/wing depth.
If the Celtics are extremely bearish on Rob's health, maybe White+Rob+Theis? No reason to think they are this bearish on Rob or that they should be.
This also would commit the Celtics to either 1) spending way above the cap for the foreseeable future, incurring lost of repeater tax, or 2) destroying the team on the back end of Durant's deal. Might end up making the SA pick swap valuable for SA.