What NBA Execs Believe About Celtics’ Stance On Jaylen Brown Trade

The Celtics continue to generate chatter from around the NBA


Dec 14, 2021

Jaylen Brown is one of the Boston Celtics’ “untouchables,” but just how secure is that status?

That question emerges from quotes of anonymous NBA executives, which appeared in a column Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer published Wednesday. The executives believe the idea of trading Brown or fellow All-Star Jayson Tatum are non-starters for Boston.

“Talking to Boston, those are the only two untouchables,” one assistant general manager told Fischer.

However sources told Fischer Brown’s recent injury troubles has “increased” speculation around the league about his availability in a potential trade.

“It is an ongoing topic of conversation among sources familiar with both players,” Fischer wrote.

Brown and Tatum are the NBA’s premier young wing duo, but the Celtics’ .500 start to the season has prompted speculation about breaking up the tandem. That’s an idea other NBA executives were happy to discuss with Fischer, if for no other reason than to stir the proverbial pot.

“I think they’re starting to get to a place where they don’t think (brown) and Jayson Tatum can coexist,” another assistant general manager told Fischer.

Although Brown and Tatum each say their relationship is strong, an executive from another team believes their bond doesn’t necessarily translate onto the court.

“I think there’s pretty widespread belief that they don’t work together,” a general manager told Fischer.

However, that same GM has a hard time imagining the Celtics trade Brown or Tatum.

“But unless ownership adds pressure (on Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens), I don’t see them doing anything,” the GM concluded.

Stevens in recent weeks already has dismissed the idea of including Brown in a trade for Philadelphia 76ers outcast Ben Simmons and ripped an official from another NBA team for anonymously questioning Tatum’s commitment to winning. Nevertheless, figures from other teams continue to chatter to media outlets about the state of the Celtics.

For what it’s worth, the NBA’s unofficial trade season opens Wednesday. The NBA trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 10.

Thumbnail photo via Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports Images
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