Jaylen Brown has found himself in the rumor mill in recent days as the Boston Celtics wing is discussed as a replacement in a potential deal for the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant.
Of course, this hypothetical trade is nothing more than a guess at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from buzzing with the possibility of Jayson Tatum and Durant teaming up. However, it seems Brown is unfazed by the current rumor as on Sunday June 26th the Celtics Star Wing liked a tweet about how he is disrespected by Celtics fans.
After helping the Celtics reach the NBA Finals last season, it’s hard to believe that even for Durant, Boston would consider a breakup of their star duo. After all, the Nets superstar is 33, which means any move to bring him to Boston would drastically shorten their championship window.
Scalabrine believes Boston has the best Durant trade package
While opinions about Brown’s swap might be divided in the fan base, it’s worth noting that Brian Scalabrine, former Celtics fan favorite and current play-by-play announcer, believes Boston has the best swap package of any team in the NBA for Durant has.
“Jaylen Brown, three picks, two trades and Daniel Theis, the money is working,” Scalabrine said in reference to a potential Celtics package for Durant. You get the all-star caliber player, and you get picks that move forward, and you have to understand that there’s a connection. The Al Horford connection with Kevin Durant, they were kind of connected during that free agency when he went to Golden State.
He loves Marcus Smart as a player, going to the Hamptons, all that stuff. I’m Udoka, he coached him, and he always chats to Udoka on the sidelines during the game, and you have a chance to play with Jayson Tatum, a guy he played with on the Olympic team, where they together trained and things like that. So there is a connection. It’s not crazy to think something like this could happen if, if and only if Kevin Durant decides, “Okay, I want to get out of here.” Scalabrine said during a commercial on NBA Radio on June 26.
The downside to trading Durant is that he’s already 33 and will make $53 million in his 37-year-old season — while Brown fits Boston’s current timeline perfectly and could help give the Celtics an ongoing period of contention to secure.
Brown was Boston’s top player in the finals
One reason so many people believe Brown is good enough to be the centerpiece of a trade for Durant is that he was hands-down the Celtics’ best player during their NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors — and has a lot of weight.
In the six games between Boston and the Warriors, Brown averaged 23.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 34% from deep and 43.1% from the field. What’s more, 25-year-old Brown is still a few years from his prime, which means he still has more room to improve his game.
The trade for Durant will undoubtedly cost the Celtics one of the best young two-way wings in the NBA — it may look good on paper, but in reality, Boston is probably better off building around Tatum and Brown than themselves from removing any of them, no matter how tempting a future Hall of Fame might be.
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