One of the biggest questions floating around in the Boston Celtics fanbase right now is whether Jaylen Brown will attempt to leave the franchise when his contract expires in two years.
Sure, two years is a long time and anything can happen between now and then. But after Brown’s name popped up as part of Kevin Durant’s rumored trade offer, it’s safe to assume he’ll be a little upset considering he just helped the Celtics achieve an NBA championship in two games .
Recently, an Eastern Conference GM shared his thoughts on Brown’s future with Heavy.com, operating on condition of anonymity – the GM offered his thoughts on keeping Brown long-term and how the Georgia native can maximize his earning potential going forward move.
If your name is linked in a trade pack for a player of Kevin Durant’s caliber, you could be forgiven for taking it as a compliment, after all Brown was used at the heart of Boston’s trade offering.
However, this isn’t the first time Brown has been seen as a makeweight in a potential superstar deal, and regardless of what’s said, it’s bound to hurt your loyalty to an organization – which is why former Boston Celtics champion, Kendrick Perkins believes the Celtics should try to trade Brown before losing him for nothing at the end of his contract.
“You’re going to trade Jaylen Brown because I feel like the trust has been broken at the moment. And we have to remember, Danny Ainge drafted Brown, not Brad Stevens…My thing is I don’t know how the Celtics are going to recover from this, I don’t know if they can recover from this – I don’t think they will it can,” Perkins said during a July 29 episode of Swagu and Perk.
While trust can be a legitimate issue, Brown and the Celtics front office need to function, but there is still plenty of time to get their relationship back on track. And according to Paul Pierce, speaking to the media at the premiere of NYC Point Godsthe Celtics are unlikely to enter into a deal that involves parting with one of their two best players.
“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 July 27.
Brown finished last season averaging 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 66 regular-season games before averaging 23.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 in 24 postseason games Assists scored. With averages like these and the continued improvements Brown has shown year after year, there is every reason to believe that the Celtics front office will be looking to patch things up with the 25-year-old wing in the coming months , rather than risk losing him at the end of his current contract.