Ric Bucher on a potential Kevin Durant , Nets/Celtics blockbuster trade : “From the GMs that I’ve talked to about this deal, the linchpin as to who it would work best for is whether Marcus Smart is in the deal or not. If you’re sending Jaylen Brown AND Marcus that’s a great deal for Brooklyn, but if I’m Boston I want to keep Marcus Smart because Marcus Smart is my leader, he’s my pace-setter, he’s my Draymond Green.
A Kevin Durant and Jaylen Brown swap has been rumored throughout the 2022 offseason, yet an anonymous NBA exec believes Brown is more than happy to stay put in Boston. Per Steve Bulpett of Heavy Sports, the source in question made it clear that Brown is “all-in on Boston. From everything I’ve been told, Jaylen’s a loyal guy,” the exec said.
The 90-year-old Celtics alum was part of the team in its early years of existence, playing for Boston for parts of three seasons.