Jaylen Brown and Celtics should have an understanding in Kevin Durant’s trade talks

Nobody wants to feel unwanted, and in that regard, we can understand why Jaylen Brown might have been a little upset last week.

Athletic’s Shams Charania reported last Monday that the Celtics offered Brown to the net as part of a commercial deal for star striker Kevin Durant, and that Brooklyn responded with their Brown-centric offer, which Boston rejected.

Brown didn’t seem particularly happy with the report, tweeting “Smh” (aka “shaking my head”) shortly after the report came out. However, according to follow-up reports, Brown “happy” in Boston I look forward to bringing it back with the Celtics after they reach the NBA Finals.

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As NBA reporter Jackie McMullan explained Tuesday on NBC Sports Boston, first editionThat would be a logical mindset for Brown to adopt.

While MacMullan acknowledged that it “always hurts” to hear your name in trade discussions, she noted that Brown’s situation does not compare to that of Ray Allen during the 2011-12 season.

“People never understood why Ray Allen left the Celtics,” McMullan said. “I understood exactly why, because they were actively trading for trade with it, and in the end, they didn’t.”

“The Celtics aren’t actively trying to trade off Jaylen Brown. A generational player, Kevin Durant, is available. It would be a fool not to investigate. (Head of Basketball Operations) Brad Stevens isn’t doing his job if he doesn’t investigate it.”

According to McMullan, the Celtics made a concerted effort to move Allen before the 2012 NBA trade deadline, which made Allen feel unwanted and motivated him to sign with rival Miami Heat in 2012 free agency.

This situation is different, McMullan says; The Celtics are still thinking highly of Brown and are just doing their due diligence on one of the best players in NBA history.

“Oh my God, we don’t want Jaylen Brown, we want to trade him—that’s not what’s going on here,” said McMullan. “(Celtics) they tried to trade Ray Allen. They can deny everything they want.

“In the end they didn’t, and then they were shocked when he bruised enough to say, ‘I’m going to move on and go to the team that will help beat you. “Those are two different scenarios for me.”

Brown has only two seasons on his contract, so if the Celtics think they could lose him in free agency 2024, it’s something they should consider in any Durant discussions. But the truth is that any trade with Durant with Boston must include Brown (and possibly much more than that).

So even if Stevens & Co wanted to check out Durant — who nearly signed C in 2016 — Brown’s name was bound to come up in discussions.

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