Rumors persist that the Boston Celtics are considering adding to the two cores of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum before the NBA trade deadline of February 10.
That hasn’t stopped Boston from potentially leaving one of those star wings, with the team struggling to find any balance behind them.
The Celtics enter the 2022 calendar year as a low-end playoff contender in the East under first-year head coach Ime Udoka and new team president Brad Stevens. In fact, they are currently below 0.500.
As for Stevens, he’s already gone against the grain that defined Danny Ainge’s long tenure in Boston. This included giving up real assets to abandon Kemba Walker’s noble contract last summer.
In short, it wouldn’t be an absolute shock if Boston moved Brown to find a new running mate in Tatum. It’s about building a roster for a Celtics side without any real short-term hope of claiming the title. Below, we take a look at four ideal Jaylen Brown trading scenarios if Stevens pulled the trigger.
Jaylen Brown talks to the Sacramento Kings
- Celtics get: De’Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes, 2022 first-round pick
- Kings Get: Jaylen Brown, Al Horford
There has been talk that Sacramento will look to offload Fox with the squad that clearly has too many players in the backcourt. General manager Monte McNair wants to complete the list while building around Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell. For the Kings, this trade would make a lot of sense. As a true wing, Brown would fit in extremely well with these two young guards. It’s a much more logical adjustment for Sacramento.
As for Boston, adding a playmaker for Tatum would be considered an absolute victory. Picking up one of the game’s underrated wings in Harrison Barnes’ one also opens the Boston window in discord. It also doesn’t hurt that the Celtics take back Sacramento’s unprotected first-round pick in 2022 (Sportsnaut is planning to be No.7 overall). Talk about assets to add another star to the mix next summer.
Jaylen Brown talks to the Indiana Pacers
- Celtics get: Domantas Sabonis, Caris LeVert
- Pacers get: Jaylen Brown, Dennis Schroder
Indiana is apparently determined to break up its core duo of Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon. The idea here would be to leave Sabonis and add more parts to go with Brogdon and rookie Chris Duarte. What better way to do that than to find a truly elite young winger with a ton of advantages left in his game? It would be a blow to front office chief Kevin Pritchard.
As for Boston, Sabonis and Tatum would form a formidable frontline duo. LeVert and his scoring ability (16.7 points per game in 2021-2022) would take over as two starting players alongside Marcus Smart. While neither Sabonis nor LeVert have Brown’s star power, it would make for a more comprehensive list.
Jaylen Brown talks to the Golden State Warriors
- Celtics get: Andrew Wiggins, Moses Moody, future first-round pick
- Warriors Get: Jaylen Brown, Juancho Hernangomez
It took years, but Wiggins eventually lived up to its reputation as a top pick. In fact, there are All-Star discussions surrounding the veteran three and D. He was part of the elite defensive end of the field and is one of the best three-point shooters in the game. In fact, Wiggins PER is comparable to Brown himself. For Boston, the idea would be to add Wiggins to the mix as a more natural three while also picking up assets to acquire another star player.
The inclusion of Golden State in this potential trade is much more questionable. The team are loving what Wiggins has brought to the table since acquiring a now imbalanced trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, Brown does offer a ton of extra perks to go with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Being able to acquire the 25-year-old wing without giving up Jonathan Kuminga or James Wiseman would also be considered a victory.
Jaylen Brown talks to Minnesota Timberwolves
- Celtics get: Karl-Anthony Towns
- Timberwolves get: Jaylen Brown, Grant Williams, first round pick
It remains to be seen exactly how the other teams enjoy the cities. He’s one of the best scorers in the game, but he’s struggling defensively on the pitch. For Boston, they could make up for that with Tatum being a solid defenseman and other veterans performing at a high level on this side of the field. A move of this ilk would also allow Tatum to play his more natural little forward stance. It’s perfect in Beantown.
Without a doubt, Anthony Edwards is the face of the Timberwolves franchise. He’s a star waiting to happen and a cornerstone of the franchise. Building around him while leaving KAT should be in the cards at some point in the not-so-distant future. Acquiring Brown to play all three with Edwards and D’Angelo Russell in the backcourt would be one of the Association’s better lines. The addition of Williams and a first-round pick would also see Minnesota close another trade to complete their roster next summer.