A mammoth trade proposal idea has the Boston Celtics dealing All-Star Jaylen Brown to a surprise Western Conference team.
The Celtics are coming off yet another heartbreaking postseason exit, having fallen to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston dropped the first three games of the series before responding with three consecutive wins, only to fall 103-84 in the decisive seventh game.
The 26-year-old Brown, about to enter the final season of his contract, has been the subject of recent trade rumors. At NBA Analysis Network, James Piercey proposed an intriguing trade scenario that would see the Celtics sending Brown to the Portland Trail Blazers for Anfernee Simons, Jusuf Nurkic and the No. 3 selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft:
“Largely, the Celtics do this deal if Brown is truly unhappy in Boston. The whispers are growing louder. There seems to be a report every other week. Even on the floor, these Celtics look disconnected.
The Celtics should keep their young core together at all costs. On the other hand, after being eliminated by Miami, all bets are likely off. In that event, this is a great return for Boston. Given the Hornets’ apparent interest in Brandon Miller, the third pick could easily end up being Scoot Henderson.
If so, the Celtics have an opportunity to land a point guard with unlimited potential.”
Citing a source, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reported “all signs continue to point toward” the Celtics giving Brown a maximum five-year, $295 million extension. So barring a change of plans on either end, it looks like the Celtics won’t move out one of their top stars.
But if something were to change, this trade idea would make good sense for both sides. For starters, Portland would have another bonafide scorer to complement all-world point guard Damian Lillard.
The Celtics could dangle the No. 3 pick in a trade for another star, or they could draft someone like Brandon Miller, Amen Thompson, Ausar Thompson or Scoot Henderson to complement superstar Jayson Tatum.
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