Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown drama has C’s ticking towards disaster

Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Jaylen Brown is once again in the news based on comments made in a recent interview with The Ringer, and Boston Celtics fans won’t be happy about this one.

To this reader, it feels an awful lot like the promising future in Boston is about to come spiraling down, and that the Boston Celtics are ticking towards disaster, instead of expanding their championship window.

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics relationship way off course

The Boston Celtics and Jaylen Brown have always seemed a bit off, if we’re being honest. It started with being booed on draft night. Then he has endured his name coming up in trade talks for seemingly every superstar under the sun. Now, he seems to be well and truly done with it, and is looking towards something, and somewhere, else.

There’s so much in this interview that it’s hard to unpack it all, but it’s hard to read some of JB’s quotes and not walk away absolutely terrified as a Celtics fan. Here are his comments on the C’s most recent inquiries into the availability of Kevin Durant.

"“[Kevin Durant] and JT are friends. They was working out together and whatnot,” Brown says. “So, I wasn’t sure what the energy was. I wasn’t sure what the direction of the organization was…Once we all got together and kind of talked it through, we all left on the same page. But the actions that was taking place during that time, it just didn’t seem like that was the direction that the organization was going in.”"

This is nightmare fuel for Boston Celtics fans. Last we heard, Wyc Grousbeck and Brad Stevens had been the first to tell Brown that he wasn’t going anywhere. And now, come to find out…he just didn’t believe them? Scary stuff my friends.

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Jaylen Brown and Boston Celtics seem headed for divorce

Talk about a horrible headline to read, but it’s true. After this most recent interview, it seems all too clear that Brown is planning on leading his own team, and sooner rather than later.

"“I don’t know. As long as I’m needed. It’s not up to me,” he says. “We’ll see how they feel about me over time and I feel about them over time. Hopefully, whatever it is, it makes sense. But I will stay where I’m wanted. I will stay where I’m needed and treated correct.”"

That is BAD! But from everything that has come from the team, it also is incorrect. They want Brown to stay a part of Boston Celtics for his whole career. The only one putting out statements like this, saying he’ll go where he’s wanted, is Brown himself.

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Boston Celtics have a ticking bomb on their hands

And that is what makes this all the more terrifying. Nothing is more dangerous than a delusional person with “evidence” that they’re right. Not that Brown is delusional or crazy or any of that, but it’s clear that he believes the team doesn’t value him, while every action has shown the exact opposite.

What we’re left with is a chicken and egg situation: is this all coming to the surface because the Boston Celtics aren’t rolling like they were at this time last year and the pressure is mounting, or is this the reason for the mediocre play for the last three months? Or are they unrelated?

That is the puzzle that Brad Stevens needs to solve, and fast. Because if Brown is set on leaving when he’s a free agent, he needs to be traded this summer. And that’s coming from a guy who has never wanted to trade JB: not for Jimmy Butler, not for Anthony Davis, not for anybody.

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Maybe Celtics reporter Keith Smith is right, and all of this will go away if the Boston Celtics are able to offer Brown a supermax extension this summer. Here’s hoping it will. But if they aren’t able to, then the Boston Celtics are officially ticking towards disaster and need to move on before it’s too late and they lose a franchise pillar for nothing.