Former Boston Celtics teammates Jaylen Brown and Kyrie Irving — who famously didn’t see eye-to-eye when the latter was a Celtic for two seasons, leading to the former being benched during the 2018-19 season — would be reunited as teammates on the Mavericks alongside All-NBA guard Luka Doncic if the trade Dallas Basketball’s Dalton Trigg concocted ever came to fruition.
In Trigg’s proposal, the Celtics would return Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Josh Green, a 2023 first-round pick (traded after selection is made), and a 2027 unprotected first-round pick for the All-NBA Second Teamer Brown.
Such a return would bring back just two first-round picks and add a bad contract in Hardaway, though Bullock and Green could help fill Boston’s need on the wing. Then again, that issue would only be badly exacerbated if the Celtics were to deal away Brown. Ultimately, this is far from the best offer out there for Brown, who could likely bring back three or even four first-rounders if the Rudy Gobert trade is being used for comparison.
The only scenario the Boston Celtics would accept such a trade proposal
Trigg had a similar viewpoint to the Houdini when it comes to whether or not the Boston Celtics can do better for Brown on the trade market (yes) but the Dallas Basketball writer did offer a believable caveat that would further that idea: the Mavericks’ selection landing in the top four of the 2023 NBA draft.
“Would a trade package involving the No. 10 pick in this year’s draft, as well as the Mavs’ 2027 first-round pick be enough to pry Brown away from the Celtics? It depends on Boston’s preferences, but if we had to speculate, we’d think this year’s pick would need to be in the top-four to give the Mavs a real chance,” Trigg wrote.
To take it a step further, that pick may have to be No. 1 overall. Victor Wembanyama is an all-bets-are-off kind of prospect, but no other player would be worth giving up one of the top wings in the Association for.