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Boston Celtics Mailbag solutions – half 1: the Jaylen Brown questions

Boston Celtics Mailbag solutions – half 1: the Jaylen Brown questions


We requested in your questions and also you delivered (thanks!). There have been a variety of questions on Jaylen Brown and since that’s a very powerful subject of the offseason, I figured I’d do a devoted put up answering questions on him and his state of affairs. Keep tuned for the subsequent part coming quickly with my solutions about the remainder of the roster and crew.


Will Brown take lower than 250…no

Will the Celtics provide greater than 250….no

Jeff I’m pondering he’s going to Houston…..your ideas

Whereas I believe that is an oversimplification, I believe there’s a case to be made for a extra refined resolution tree thought course of.

So that you begin with choosing between the next decisions:
– Retain Jaylen Brown on a SuperMax contract
– Commerce Brown for some bundle of gamers and picks that represents near-equal worth

If you wish to retain him, you continue to have to search out out if Jaylen Brown is within the Supermax. I’d suppose so as a result of it’s the most cash he can get, however he could want to play out his contract and change into a free agent. If that’s the case, you then instantly look to commerce him.

In the event you do resolve to commerce him, both now or later, it’s a must to resolve if you’d like one other star participant in return or a step again in speedy expertise in favor of future potential (and price financial savings). See extra ideas on this beneath.

That is oversimplified since loads of these points are intertwined, however it could assist to compartmentalize issues reasonably than making an attempt to sort out abruptly a broad query like “is Jaylen Brown well worth the supermax below the brand new CBA guidelines?”


Do you see Jaylen agreeing to a extra team-friendly deal (one which doesn’t break the financial institution for crew salaries, however one that also displays his All-NBA standing)? Jaylen strikes me much less about making a living, however extra about mutual respect, which makes me imagine that it’s potential. If that’s the case, what wouldn’t it seem like?

Technically the Celtics have the choice of providing Jaylen greater than the usual max and fewer than the SuperMax. That might nonetheless be greater than every other crew may pay him and in concept it could avoid wasting cash that could possibly be allotted to a different participant’s wage.

With that mentioned, I don’t see the advantages outweighing the negatives. You might be able to save just a few million {dollars} (forgive me, I don’t know the precise numbers), however you danger insulting Jaylen who already took a team-friendly deal on his final contract and out-performed it. As others have famous, he’s a Gamers Affiliation VP and there’s stress there to maximise what he will get as a precedent for different gamers.

The one exception can be if Jaylen Brown got here to the Celtics with the thought of taking much less with the intention to add one other participant. Nonetheless, everybody concerned would wish to have a transparent plan for who that added piece can be.

Backside line is that this path appears unlikely.


Do the Celtics have sufficient belongings to maneuver up within the draft to get a extremely touted participant?

In the event that they resolve to commerce Jaylen Brown, then sure. I believe they might make an actual bid for one of many high 2 picks within the draft (in the event that they wished to). If that’s the path they wish to go, I’d think about they’d be focusing on Scoot Henderson who has all of the makings of an elite combo guard within the NBA. However he received’t be at Jaylen’s stage in his first 12 months or two (if ever) so the crew has to weigh what they’re searching for. Which brings me to…


I’m not saying they need to. But when the Celtics do discover a commerce with Jaylen Brown, what’s a practical bundle to acquire?

The Celtics are title contenders proper now. You possibly can quibble with that distinction when you like, however attending to the Finals final 12 months and being a win away from the Finals this season signifies that they’re very a lot within the working. If just a few issues break their manner in both 12 months, they could possibly be champs.

If the crew thinks that working it again with some modifications exterior of the core offers them one other cheap probability at competing for a championship, then they’ll try this. In the event that they resolve that they’ve reached their ceiling with this group and a change must be made, my assumption is that they’ll nonetheless be seeking to compete for titles within the speedy future. All of which is to say that they’d in all probability want to commerce Jaylen for an equal stage star.

The issue is, star-for-star trades are very arduous to finish. Usually occasions the crew dealing a star is seeking to tear down and restart with a bundle of picks and prospects. Take Portland for instance. The overall thought is that they’ll both take the bundle of picks and prospects for Dame or they’ll look to construct round Dame by dealing their choose and a few bundle of gamers for an additional star. Dealing Dame for Jaylen doesn’t make a lot logical sense.

That mentioned, it solely takes one star to demand a change of surroundings and who is aware of what can occur. Perhaps they might work one thing out with Karl Anthony-Cities, LaMelo Ball, or Bradley Beal coming again (with picks and gamers going come what may to stability the commerce).

If not, you then may be left taking a step again with the intention to take a step ahead. Perhaps a deal for a excessive draft choose and an intriguing participant is the most effective that you may get. That may be a troublesome promote to Jayson Tatum as he’s on the brink of signal his personal SuperMax contract. Particularly with restricted time left with Al Horford on the roster. You may must get a 3rd crew concerned with the intention to flip these belongings for a star proper now.

As you possibly can see, none of that is simple or simple. On one hand it seems like a Invoice Belichick sort resolution maker would look to maneuver somebody a 12 months early (earlier than they change into very costly). Then again, we’re so shut that it looks like we must always largely run it again and pay Jaylen the cash that he’s earned. There’ll all the time be a possibility to commerce him later (maybe not on the similar worth as he’d deliver this summer time, however nonetheless a considerable return).

Dave Higgins

Hey Jeff. With 4 convention finals and one journey to the NBA finals can Boston lose Brown and nonetheless contend for the Larry O’Brien Trophy? Ought to any crew commerce an All NBA Participant for a dream? Has a crew ever traded an All NBA participant and gotten higher? I’m not speaking about cash. Simply expertise. Houston traded away Harden and have change into a perennial lottery crew. The Pelicans traded Anthony Davis and are nonetheless praying his alternative could be wholesome for a 12 months.

These are good questions Dave. I believe in case you are in favor of buying and selling Brown, you both must hope one other star is coming again in return, or it’s a must to be able to take at the least a brief step again. I’m not there but, however I assume we’ll see.

Effectively, these have been my considerably scattered ideas and solutions to your Jaylen Brown questions. I’ll observe up with the remainder of the solutions quickly. Thanks!



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