Jaylen Brown couldn’t have been happier to have his name included in the Kevin Durant trade rumours. Could a move to the Atlanta Hawks come free?
The Kevin Durant drama is over for now and the Brooklyn Nets have moved forward with their current roster. Before the trade talks died down, reports circulated that Jaylen Brown was offered by the Celtics to acquire Durant by trade.
A few weeks later, it became pretty clear why a deal was never struck between Boston and Brooklyn — the Nets wanted both Jayson Tatum and Brown in exchange for Durant, which they knew wasn’t going to happen. Although an official trade was never made, Celtics general manager Brad Stevens and Brown have a long-term relationship in danger? Remember, when his name came up in Durant’s trade talks, Brown sent this tweet in response.
Now, Brown is linked to his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks, when he becomes a free agent at the end of next season.
Could the Hawks play for Jaylen Brown?
The NBA players understand it’s a business, but all players are human and have feelings. How would you feel if you finished like Brown did in the 2022 NBA Finals – 23.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game — and a month later the team makes you available for a swap? If Boston had won the Finals, Brown would have been Finals MVP!
Why would Brown join the Hawks? Well, said an anonymous Eastern Conference executive Heavy.com:
“They’ve been looking for more two-way players in recent years because it didn’t work out to sign a few big names around Trae Young. We’ll have to see what they do with (De’Andre) Hunter and (Onyeka) Okongwu because they’re going to need overtime, but if they can clear the space that’s probably the biggest team that worries the Celtics.”
Just as importantly, it’s not a new trend that NBA players are interested in playing in their hometown – Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, etc. It helps that the Hawks aren’t too far from a title contender , and adding Brown makes sense. Although executing this plan is easier said than done.
Obviously, salary would matter. Atlanta would need to figure out the contracts of Clint Capela, Okongwu, John Collins and Hunter, but a big three with Trae Young, Dejounte Murray and Brown is certainly something to build on. It would leave the Hawks pretty thin up front, but offensively they would be among the best in the league. It will be interesting to see how Brown’s relationship with Boston changes over the course of the 2022-23 season.
https://fansided.com/2022/09/02/nba-trade-rumors-atlanta-hawks-celtics-haylen-brown/ Execs think Hawks could make game for Celtics guard