Brown’s desire to be in Boston has been questioned following rumors that he could possibly be traded for Kevin Durant.
Jaylen Brown’s been the reported centerpiece of a Celtics trade offer for Kevin Durant.
Jaylen Brown’s initial, or not less than initially presumed response, to the reports that Boston offered him in a trade for Kevin Durant didn’t look well for the Celtics.
The star wing tweeted “Smh” within the hours following the report, starting speculation that Brown might want out of Boston and leave when his contract expires in 2024.
An executive from one other team though doesn’t consider that’s the case. The chief told longtime Celtics insider Steve Bulpett that they consider Brown desires to be in Boston for the long-haul.
“I feel Jaylen IS long run,” the chief told Heavy.com’s Bulpett. “In the event that they want him long run and so they’re going to pay him the contract he deserves, I feel he’s all-in on Boston. From the whole lot I’ve been told, Jaylen’s a loyal guy. I do know frustration can occur when things aren’t going well, and I feel we saw a few of that earlier on this past season.
“But if you take a step back and take a look at things, I feel he desires to be there. And any problems that might ever occur with that relationship would probably have to come back from him getting the concept they’re not in on him. And at once I don’t see that from the Celtics. I feel they know what they’ve in Jaylen — now and for the long run — and so they wish to keep that going.”
One other executive told Bulpett that they aren’t sure how real trade talks between the Celtics and Nets are, but that Boston shall be involved indirectly due to Brown’s stature.
“Jaylen Brown is the one best player we’ve heard tied to this thing, so Brooklyn has to maintain that alive,” the chief told Bulpett. “I still don’t know the way real that’s, and, trust me, we’ve been trying to seek out out for our own sake.
“There could also be nothing there in any respect, or perhaps there’s something if Brooklyn gets back to reality with what they’re asking for. But unless they’ll find one other deal for Durant or they work things out with him, a team like Boston is stuck on this — the rumors and the whispers across the league not less than — because they’ve got really good players.”
The Celtics’ interest in Durant was first reported on July 25. Boston offered Brown plus guard Derrick White for Durant, however the Nets want guard Marcus Smart and one other player plus first-round picks as a substitute of White, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported.
Nonetheless, Boston and Brooklyn haven’t “any real traction” on a possible Kevin Durant deal, The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reported Wednesday. Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and coach Ime Udoka have also been in constant communication with Brown, who understands the situation, Himmelsbach added.
Durant views the Celtics as a “desired” landing spot after he gave the Nets an ultimatum to either fire Sean Marks and Steve Nash or trade him, SNY’s Ian Begley reported Wednesday.
Publicly, the Celtics haven’t commented on the trade rumors. Jayson Tatum and Grant Williams are the one players who’ve spoken concerning the reports. Tatum was a bit deferential when first asked, but said he and Brown have “got more to do.” Willams is confident Brown shall be in the suitable mindset entering the season and added that being the rumored centerpiece in a deal for Durant shows how “useful” Brown is.
Brown will turn into eligible for an extension in October. Nonetheless, insiders don’t expect Brown to sign an extension this offseason. Boston can only offer Brown a three-year, $111 million contract added onto the remaining two years of his current deal. If Brown is called to any of the All-NBA teams over the subsequent two seasons, he can sign a five-year, $273 million contract with the Celtics when he becomes a free agent in 2024.
The Suns, Heat, and 76ers are the opposite teams Durant’s reportedly eyed as desired locations for a trade. The Raptors have reportedly shown interest within the two-time Finals MVP.
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