A mammoth blockbuster trade idea has the Boston Celtics sending one of their two franchise stars to a rebuilding team in the Eastern Conference.
Thanks to the superstar duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics finished as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference for the second straight year with a record of 57-25. Brown had a career year in the regular season in which he averages 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
Despite his success and age (he won’t be 27 until October), Brown has been mentioned frequently in trade rumors. Last year, it was reported that Boston even offered Brown to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a package for disgruntled All-Star Kevin Durant.
Brown has just one year remaining on his contract, so could the Celtics explore trading him if they can’t reach an agreement on a new deal? It’s certainly a possibility that can’t be ruled out.
At NBA Analysis Network, James Piercey proposed a mammoth three-team blockbuster deal involving the Celtics, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz. In Piercey’s proposal, Boston would send Brown to Orlando.
The Celtics would receive All-Star big man Lauri Markannen and 2021 Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson plus Orlando’s 2028 first-round pick in Piercey’s suggested trade. Utah, meanwhile, would get forward Jonathan Isaac and guard Markelle Fultz as well as Orlando’s 2024 and 2026 first-round picks:
“It’s time for Orlando to take a step forward. After all, they just wrapped up an encouraging season. The Magic have improved. Now, they should consolidate some of their talent in a win-now move.
Brown could be the perfect addition. This team is good at playmaking. Paolo Banchero should be their engine for years to come, and Franz Wagner is a strong secondary playmaker.
With that said, they could use a boost of shot creation. If that boost comes with strong point-of-attack defense, that’s all the better. Those qualities happen to be exactly what Brown provides…
If Brown wants to leave, the Celtics may have to move him. After all, he’s an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Celtics can’t afford to lose him for nothing.
This deal has them netting much more than nothing. Markkanen is an exciting young player with real star potential. He’ll replace some of Brown’s shot creation and give the Celtics some additional frontcourt spacing. “
2022 first overall pick Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner, the No. 8 pick of 2021, powered the Orlando offense in 2022-23 and helped the club improve their win total to 12 in just one year.
A player like Brown would undoubtedly be the missing piece in helping the Magic return to the postseason in 2024. But of course, only time will tell if the Celtics actually end up shopping the two-time All-Star.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.