Grade the Trade: Can Hawks flip Trae Young to Celtics for Jaylen Brown?: The trade
A potential trade involving Trae Young and Jaylen Brown would have to include more than just the two stars, as Young makes roughly $8.2 million more than Brown, and both teams are over the salary cap.
Here’s an outline of a potential trade that would work:
Hawks receive: Jaylen Brown, Malcolm Brogdon
Celtics receive: Trae Young, AJ Griffin, Onyeka Okongwu, First-round pick
Brown is eligible for a supermax extension this summer, but if he’s traded to another team, he won’t be able to get it. He can only receive that deal from the team that drafted him.
Malcolm Brogdon just wrapped up his first season with the Celtics, but if they trade for Young, it would give Boston way too many starting-caliber guards on the roster.
Young and Dejounte Murray struggled to find the level of success most predicted them to have in their first season together, and when the playoffs rolled around, it just looked like their coexistence didn’t make sense.
Both guards need the ball in their hands to be at their best, especially if Young struggles from the three-point line as much as he did this past season.
AJ Griffin just finished a solid rookie campaign and showed a solid amount of potential. He’s a decent defender and has the tools to be a real threat from the outside.
Lastly, Onyeka Okongwu is oozing with potential. The 22-year-old big man spent the season backing up Clint Capela and is a reliable rebounder and rim defender.
But would both teams agree to this trade? Let’s look at the grades.