Hoops Habit’s Ari Schwartz believes there are five Jaylen Brown trades out there that the Boston Celtics must consider, and one of them was a seismic blockbuster that would add the already existing star Bulls duo of DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine (and a future draft pick) next to Jayson Tatum. Schwartz believes the proposal — one that would send Derrick White and Grant Williams (via sign-and-trade) — would make the Cs even better.
“This offer would help Boston remain championship contenders, and would arguably make them even better,” Schwartz said. “They would have to give up Derrick White and Grant Williams in addition to Brown to match salaries, but it’s not entirely clear whether the Celtics want to pay Williams this summer, and Lavine would have to take some of White’s minutes anyway.”
Schwartz believes the Celtics would be able to cover the defensive deficiencies of DeRozan and LaVine and become an unstoppable juggernaut offensively.
“Having two elite scorers next to Tatum would make Boston nearly unstoppable, and even with the loss of Brown, Boston is good enough defensively to make up for Lavine and DeRozan’s weaknesses on that end of the floor, unlike Chicago, who struggles on that end because of them,” Schwartz said.
The case for why the Boston Celtics shouldn’t agree to this deal
Quite frankly, this deal would be a blatant overpay for the Celtics. The duo of Brown and White fits with Tatum, whereas there’d be no guarantee that three ball-dominant scorers like DeRozan, LaVine, and Tatum would even work. Schwartz made the case for why Boston shouldn’t even consider this deal.
“Brown is a much better all-around player and is younger in comparison to Lavine and DeRozan,” Schwartz said. “Grant Williams would be a nice pickup as well, shoring up their issues at the power-forward spot. Most importantly, this deal would allow them to move off of Lavine’s five-year, $215-million contract, which has quickly proven to be an overpay.”
Boston can do better in a Brown deal if No. 7 forced the hand of Brad Stevens and the rest of the front office. Schwartz’ Hawks offer (Deandre Hunter, A.J. Griffin, Onyeka Okongwu, 2024 first-round pick via Sacramento) and Knicks offer (R.J. Barrett, Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley, 2023 top ten protected first-round pick via Dallas, 2025 first-round pick via Milwaukee) would both make the Cs better in the short-term and long-term than the Chicago offer would.