‘He won’t believe he’s no longer there…trust has been broken’

The Boston Celtics recently became a threat in Kevin Durant’s trade as they bid for the Brooklyn Nets. Prior to their bid, the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat were considered early favorites to land the striker.

The Celtics offered to trade Jaylen Brown and Derrick White and a draft pick in exchange for Durant. The Nets turned down the offer but it looks like the possibility of Brown being in the New York franchise. They negotiated for Celtics Brown, Defensive Player of the Year, Marcus Smart, two draft picks, and possibly another rotation player.

The Nets and Celtics have entered commercial discussions for Kevin Durant, per Tweet embedBoston is said to have offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a draft pick for Durant, but the Nets also wanted Marcus Smart, more draft picks and possibly another rotation player https://t.co/qTvOQezcx3

However, Celtics are less inclined to break with savvy, multiplayer and picky players, but they are considering the best way forward. The franchise’s willingness to trade with Brown came under heavy criticism, with Brown expressing disgust with the situation.

ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins reacted to the Celtics’ willingness to give up the All-Star Game for one time. He said the ongoing dropping of Brown’s name by the Celtics every time the franchise needs to make a deal is a trust break. Brown, who was the best in Boston in the NBA Finals in Perkins’ opinion, may no longer believe in the franchise, according to Perkins.

“That’s the problem I have,” Perkins said. “Every time it’s a trade and it has to be done, you can’t keep mentioning Jaylen Brown’s name, because sooner or later those apologies and ‘we love Jaylen Brown’ and that, he wouldn’t believe it no more.

“It’s really, maybe unbelievable right now, and I’m going to go out on my limbs and say this here, and it’s not a hot thing: They’re going to have to trade Jaylen Brown. They’re going to have to trade Jaylen Brown, because I feel, so far, that trust has broken down.

“And we should always remember this: Danny Inge coined Jaylene Brown, not Brad Stevens.”


Jaylen Brown’s Role in the 2021-22 NBA Boston Celtics Season?

Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics looks on before Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on June 10 in Boston, Massachusetts
Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics looks on before Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on June 10 in Boston, Massachusetts

Jaylen Brown did well in the 2021-22 NBA season, averaging 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. He shot 47.3%, recording 8.7 shots from 18.4 attempts. He was crucial to the Boston Celtics’ success as he was the second-best player in nearly every category.

Brown was phenomenal during the NBA Finals and the entire playoff on both offense and defense. He particularly stood out in the finals, averaging 23.5 points per game with 34 points in the sixth game. He also scored a 40-point game in the third game against the Miami Heat and 30 points against the Milwaukee Bucks.


Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein

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