The Boston Celtics have repeatedly said that the organization presently has no desire to trade Jaylen Brown.
Publicly, at least, the front office has maintained that it wants to build around Brown and Jayson Tatum. Despite that, questions regarding his fit with the team and long-term potential have persisted.
It even got to the point where Celtics legends started calling Brown out.
So is Brown’s departure inevitable? Maybe. But not for the reason most assume.
According to NBA insider Steve Bulpett, the prospect of Brown being the one to force his way out of Boston shouldn’t be dismissed.
“The Celtics are said to be listening to ALL offers in advance of the February 10 NBA trade deadline,” he wrote. “But, barring an unrefusable offer, it’s far more likely the potential for fireworks would come closer to July 4th.
“‘Right around the draft is when you’re going to see a lot of things happen — all over the league,’” said one source of the June 23 dispersal. And it won’t be just the Celtics making the call on how to proceed. Multiple sources have told Heavy that, absent the team getting its act together, Brown could be the one to acknowledge that the mix isn’t right and seek a move.”
That would certainly make for an interesting twist. After all this talk and chatter regarding the Celtics shipping Brown out for someone like Ben Simmons, it would be pretty ironic if the reason he ultimately departed from Boston was his own doing.
The Celtics have been linked to several trades in recent days. Some are relatively minor, others – a possible Damian Lillard deal and a proposed John Wall swap — are a bit more attention-grabbing.
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If none ultimately work out, though – Boston will likely need to once again revisit whether or not a Brown-Tatum core is a long-term answer. And if it isn’t, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see him in a new uniform come next year.
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