The NBA Playoffs are in full swing, but that has not stopped the offseason rumor mill from churning. According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, the Celtics would consider trading 24-year-old All-Star wing Jaylen Brown for two highly-coveted players. Unsurprisingly, those two players are Wizards wing Bradley Beal and Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard.
During an appearance on NBC Sports Boston, Mannix detailed his knowledge of the Celtics’ situation. First, he explained that Jayson Tatum’s established relationship with Beal could drive Boston’s interest.
“There are a couple of players out there that I think the Celtics would move for Jaylen Brown,” Mannix said Thursday on Early Edition. “One would be Bradley Beal, who has to make a decision of his own the next couple weeks if he wants to sign that extension with Washington. If he doesn’t, that’s tantamount to a trade request and he can become available. And we all know at this point about the relationship between Bradley Beal and Jayson Tatum.
For Lillard, Mannix explained that the Blazers could face tough decisions in the weeks and months ahead.
“The other is Damian Lillard. It’s still very much up in the air, Lillard’s future in Portland. If in the coming weeks the Blazers decide that they have to trade Damian Lillard, I think Boston would be in a pretty good position to make a strong offer that would have to include Jaylen Brown. So, you don’t just move him to shake things up, but if one of those two players becomes available I think you have to look long and hard about trading Jaylen Brown.”
Brown, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, earned his first All-Star Game appearance at the 2021 showcase. In 58 regular season outings in the 2020-21 season, Brown averaged 24.7 points per game on 48.4 percent shooting from the field.
You can read all of Mannix’s comments at NBC Sports Boston.