Jaylen Brown's long-term future with the Boston Celtics is less certain than Jayson Tatum, Derrick White, and Kristaps Porzingis's due to the challenges of having two Supermax deals on the roster once Tatum signs his this summer.
"The bigger reality that the franchise must deal with is that a financial reckoning is coming," the CelticsBlog staff wrote. "How do (the Jaden Springer/Xavier Tillman trades) fit into that? The new CBA with its Second Apron restrictions and onerous repeater tax rates means that a roster this deep, talented, and experienced cannot be kept together long. It’s impossible to say how this roster will re-form in the not-too-distant future only that it will, and this deadline has given the front office additional options.
"The three players who feel most stable as long-term Celtics are Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis, and Derrick White. The size of Jaylen Brown’s contract and the challenges of having two players each making 35% of the salary cap means that he comes after them."
After Marcus Smart trade, Jaylen Brown feels like next to go for Boston Celtics if Banner 18 isn't raised
Brad Stevens is always reinventing the wheel as Celtics President of Basketball Operations, making fringe moves like the did this past deadline for Springer and Tillman, but oftentimes making bigger splashes; ie. swapping out Kemba Walker for Al Horford, turning Romeo Langford and Josh Richardson into White, packaging Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith and more to land Malcolm Brogdon, and then, of course, sending away Marcus Smart for Kristaps Porzingis.
Smart was the longest-tenured Celtic, but Stevens still saw it as a necessary risk to try and find a championship formula. Brown slid into that role when No. 36 left the city of Boston, and given the case the CelticsBlog staff made -- essentially, the Cs payroll isn't big enough for him and Tatum if this isn't a title team -- it feels natural that the Marietta, Georgia native would be the next key piece to go.