The Kevin Durant sweepstakes have dominated the NBA discussion for much of the offseason. The Atlanta Hawks were in a really good position prior to the Dejounte Murray trade to potentially land the superstar. However, I feel that the Hawks franchise would be happier with the moves they made.
However, the Boston Celtics, despite having a tremendous regular season and a strong playoff series, want to get better. They had a decent offseason, surrounding their two stars with complimentary pieces. However, the problem for the franchise is that they seem to think that they need Durant to win the title.
The problem for the Celtics is that they are involving Jaylen Brown in these talks. He is the Celtics version of John Collins for the Hawks. It seems that any trade that the Celtics want to make to improve their franchise involves Brown and if his social media posts are anything to go by, he is getting a little sick of the uncertainty.
The Atlanta Hawks should not be looking to bring Jaylen Brown home … yet
At the moment, Brown has still a very high trade value. His play has been tremendous for the past three seasons, Last season, which was the Celtics’ most successful in recent years saw Brown have averages of 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals in 33.6 minutes per game.
This is why his name is attached to the bigger trades. The Celtics are not going to give Jayson Tatum up. He has emerged as the superstar on this team. It is just a little confusing that the Celtics are trying to add players when what this team looked like it needed was the experience of playing in the playoffs together.
So why should the Hawks not try and bring this star player home? Well, he has two years left on his deal and for the Celtics to move him at this point would cost the Hawks too much. With the Celtics being in the Finals last season, their expectations are very high.
If the Celtics are not where they want to be around the trade deadline the Hawks might be able to put together a package that is less than they would need to put up now to secure Brown. Then, if nothing can be done at the deadline, depending on their finishing position the Celtics might be looking to go in a different direction to Brown.
It would be amazing for the Atlanta Hawks to secure Brown but right now is not the time. The better time would be as the year progresses and Brown’s trade value has the potential to drop.