By Bill Speros | | 5 mins
Jaylen Brown Trade Odds: Nets Rumors Swirl Around Celtics Star
Jaylen Brown and the Celtics came within two wins of an NBA title this past season. But that has not stopped his name from being floated in trade talks.
The buzz surrounding a deal to bring Kevin Durant to Boston resurfaced with a roar on Monday.
That news left Brown less-than-impressed as he simply tweeted "SMH" later Monday morning.
The trade noise began just days after the end of the Finals when former Celtics bench jockey and current TV analyst Brian Scalabrine offered up the details of potential deal featuring Brown. While speaking on SiriusXM NBA Radio, he offered up a mythical deal that would bring Durant to Boston in exchange for "Jaylen Brown, three picks, two rights to swap and Daniel Theis."
Theis has since been dealt.
Robert Williams and Brown were the most/only consistent Celtics players in the NBA Finals. Brown averaged 38.3 minutes, 23.5 points and 7.3 rebounds against the Dubs. Brown outscored Tatum in the Finals. Overall, Brown was a net +1 in the series.
Brown has gotten second billing among Boston’s “Jays” behind teammate Jayson Tatum since Boston chose Tatum with the third overall pick in 2017. Brown was taken by the Celtics with the third overall pick a year earlier. In terms of time with the Celtics, Brown is second in team seniority only to Marcus Smart.
Jaylen Brown Next Team Odds
Talk of a deal involving Durant to Boston automatically shifts the focus to Brown being on the outs. Would the Celtics deal half their “Jays” to get Durant? And would the Nets necessarily want his contract if they lost both Kyrie Irving and Durant?
There remains unexpected uncertainty in Boston even though the Celtics held a 2-1 lead in the Finals and briefly held home-court on the path to clinching Banner 18.
Here are our hypothetical NBA futures odds on where Brown will end up playing next season:
What’s Next For Brown?
Brown’s name has surfaced in previous discussions involving deals for Washington’s Bradley Beal and Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat. Any trade to the Nets doesn’t preclude Brown ending up elsewhere if the money balances. Brown is due $28 million next season.
He was also reportedly considered as part of a deal for James Harden, and in talks to break up the Jays earlier this season when the Celtics were struggling. The lure of a Tatum-Durant duo has become too tempting for some in Boston to ignore.
“Now, it’s undeniable that Kevin Durant is in a different stratosphere than Jaylen Brown and you absolutely have to consider that. My fear is, it’s not just Jaylen Brown. Kevin Durant makes $44 million next year. In order to get to that number, you need to take Jaylen Brown’s $28 million and add another $10 million and probably more parts from there,” Scalabrine said on NBC Sports Boston.
"Would the Celtics [make Brown available in a trade for Durant]? Yeah. It's Durantula! KD! The Slim Reaper!"
Unsubstantiated talk of a rift between Brown and Tatum has also contributed to talk of a potential deal involving Brown. Both players have denied any cool feelings toward each other. Tatum and Brown were instrumental in Boston’s hiring of Ime Udoka as head coach before this past season.
Any deal involving Durant to Boston would require additional pieces due to the salary differences between the two principals involved. If the Nets move toward another rebuild in a post-Durant/Kyrie Irving era, they could in turn package Brown elsewhere.
In NBA betting markets, the Celtics are currently available around +230 to repeat as Eastern Conference champions next year and moved to favorites at +450 to win the 2023 NBA championship at BetMGM.
Unfortunately, Celtics fans in Massachusetts right now can't back their team on futures markets on betting apps like DraftKings and FanDuel. That may change soon, though, with Massachusetts sports betting currently under consideration by state lawmakers and an announcement possible before July 31.