Whether you like it or not, the trade machine is here to stay. Never before have NBA fans possessed the almighty power to craft fake trades that suit their favorite team’s needs while stripping opponents of talent and assets. You can blame NBA 2K or fantasy sports for the obsession, but regardless of your stance, we can all agree that basketball trades are flat-out fun.
For all of its faults, the trade machine also serves as a useful tool for fans and analysts alike to ponder possible outcomes in the league’s expanding landscape of trade demands and teams retooling on the fly. That’s why so many San Antonio Spurs fans have been glued to their favorite trade machine, building deals that would either push their beloved team into a rebuild or go all-in to win now.
If you side with the latter, you’re going to love what we’re cooking up today: A trade for All-Star wing Jaylen Brown. Fresh off a career-high 50-point outing in an OT win versus Orlando, Brown’s name is growing louder in whispers of the next big name to get dealt. In transparency, there’s no clear indication that Brown has or intends to ask out, but it's been heavily discussed around NBA media because of Boston’s mediocre play in the face of championship aspirations.
The ideology around the Boston Celtics trading Brown is simple: They have two wings with overlapping skills and their surrounding cast simply isn’t good enough to contend for the Finals right now. By trading one of Brown or Jayson Tatum, the Celtics could fill out their rotation with complementary talent to build a championship-quality team.
Whether that’s the right course of action is up for debate, but it’s not impossible that Brad Stevens fields offers for Brown. If that opportunity arises, the San Antonio Spurs should be prepared to back up the Brinks truck.
So, what would a competitive offer for Brown look like?