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Celtics legend echoes Jaylen Brown trade rumours

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Paul Pierce has been through it all as an NBA player, with most of those experiences coming during his time with the Boston Celtics. As such, he is well placed to speak about the current trade rumors surrounding Kevin Durant.

Speaking to the media on July 26th The Celtics legend was blunt in his assessment, noting that he didn’t think Boston needed to make a move and that their roster was already capable of winning a championship.

“No, they won’t (bargain with Jaylen Brown), they won’t. That does not happen. You don’t have to take any steps.” Pierce told reporters.

Brown has been linked to a trade to the Brooklyn Nets The Athletic Shams Charania Boston reportedly put forward an offer consisting of Brown, Derrick White and draft picks, but the Nets countered the offer and discussions have stalled ever since.

Jayson Tatum was at the same event as Pierce on July 25 and as such also stood in front of the media where he answered a few questions about the current trade rumours.

“I played with him (Durant) during the Olympics. Of course he’s a great player, but that’s not my decision. I love our team, I love the guys we have, I don’t know if this report is true or not… I don’t believe everything I see on TV, I’ve seen some shit about me was a lie, you know not what is true and what is not true.” said Tatum.

Tatum and Brown are widely regarded as one of the best duos in the NBA, and with neither of them yet having reached their prime, there’s every reason to believe they’re capable of bringing a championship to Boston. This isn’t the first time Brown’s name has appeared in trade rumors, however, and with the Georgia native’s contract expiring in two years, the Celtics could be operating on borrowed time.

It’s worth remembering that Brown was undoubtedly Boston’s best player in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors as Jayson Tatum struggled with a shoulder injury.

But just weeks later, it appears Brad Stevens and the front office were trying to use his performances to seek an upgrade in the form of Durant. In a recent article for Bleacher Report, A Sherrod Blakely described a Western Conference coach’s view — a view that predicts Brown could be on the move once his contract expires.

“If you give your team your blood, sweat and tears like I know they have to and you don’t feel like you’re getting the same love back, you’re definitely going to look different or look twice ahead in the office and how.” they do the things,” a Western Conference coach told Blakely.

Hopefully, Brown knew about the discussions before they hit the mainstream media and wasn’t caught off guard by getting involved in the negotiations. Still, there’s a very good chance the veteran wing will look elsewhere if its name continues to be tossed around in potential star trades.

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