Expendable: Jaylen Brown
Brown signed a five-year $288.2 million extension in the offseason after making two All-Star appearances in the last three seasons. The 27-year-old is in his prime and putting up monster numbers, but he is the most likely player of the team’s stars to be moved.
Brown got a max contract and wants to be a superstar, but how much is he willing to sacrifice to win a championship? The Celtics do not need him taking 20 shots per game or trying to do too much with the ball. He needs to lock in on both ends and make everyone around him better.
Brown has appeared in trade rumors when superstars have become available and will again in the 2024 offseason if the Celtics fall short of a championship. The two-time All-Star is elite, but not a top 20 player in the NBA. Jayson Tatum is the best player on the team, and others are eager to play their roles. If Brown tries to do too much in the playoffs, Boston could search for a better fit.
Now is the chance for Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics. They have the talent to win it all but have to make it happen. Until they do, there will be rumblings about the 27-year-old wing’s future with the team.