Imagine a scoring due of Jayson Tatum and Trae Young? Each just 24 years old, the Boston Celtics would be on top of the league for years to come as both players continue to emerge as top 5 players in the NBA.
The only problem with that idea is that the Celtics are on top of the league now and a favorite to win the NBA championship with Jaylen Brown playing alongside Tatum and a supporting cast that compliments them well.
With news and rumors percolating that Young could be forcing his way out of Atlanta. If he does end up on the trade block, the Celtics have the third-best odds to land the two-time All Star behind the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. That is interesting considering the Celtics are currently on top of the East and are more in need of big man depth, but let’s play along.
Celtics can’t land Trae Young without parting with Jaylen Brown
A potential blockbuster deal between the Celtics and Hawks would have to involve Brown, one would think. A Georgia native and with a chance to lead his own team, this could be an interesting option Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens following the season.
Let’s remember, Brown will be eligible for a contract extension and if the team feels in any way they would not be able to ink Brown long term, this type of swap could make sense as Young is more of a pure shooter. Things would probably have to go south for the Celtics this season for that to even be a consideration, especially if the team fails to reach the finals and Brown is feeling more underappreciated as the second star in Boston.
Outside of Brown being part of the package, no type of trade would make sense in season. If somehow Brown wasn’t included, the Celtics would have to give up Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III, another player and picks one would think. That would mess up the team’s defensive philosophy and energy as Smart and Williams III bring that aspect to the team by just stepping on the court.
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Currently averaging 27.3 points and 9.0 assists per game, any team would be crazy not to entertain the idea, especially when that team already has a superstar in Tatum. The problem is what the Celtics have now is what makes them a top team in the league. While Stevens should still tinker with the roster, a major transaction like Young would set the team back rather than being that piece that absolutely puts them over the top.
Another question is would a Young and Tatum duo work as much as both Brown and Smart compliment Tatum’s game? Again, unless JB somehow becomes disgruntled in Boston, this is a trade scenario that wouldn’t make sense as the team is currently constructed.
When it comes to the two teams with higher odds than the Celtics, the Mavericks would be an interesting destination because that would give Luka Doncic the help he needs. That potential duo could be an intriguing one in the NBA.
As far as Young’s drama in Atlanta, everyone around the NBA will be monitoring it for sure. If he does land on the trade block, the Celtics should have no part of it even if they can acquire him without having to part ways with Jaylen Brown. The team chemistry at this point is much more valuable.