5 Doomsday scenarios that could break up current Celtics roster

A few circumstances could ultimately separate Boston's core.

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Jaylen Brown requesting a trade

We are all aware that Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are the two best — and most important — players on Boston's roster. They are the engine that makes the team go offensively. The Celtics' offense is driven by their three-point shooting prowess, and Head Coach Joe Mazzulla would not be able to employ such a strategy without having capable guys with high-end talent like Tatum and Brown.

The two star wings are 1A and 1B offensively, but it is still accepted that Tatum is Boston's top dog. He is a perennial MVP candidate, and Jayson will be the best player if and when this iteration of the Celtics ever wins a championship.

That said, Jaylen is a star in his own right, and you can believe he knows it too. Last summer, he became the highest-paid player in NBA history when he signed his five-year, $304 million extension. Brown is more than confident in his own abilities.

So if the Celtics' run were to come to a screeching halt in the playoffs this year, and especially if they were to lose in unexpected fashion before reaching the NBA Finals, it is always in the realm of possibility that Jaylen may want to find his own way after trying to win with Tatum for years on end. Brown packing his bags and leaving Boston would put Boston's future in serious question.