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NBA Rumors: Jaylen Brown 'Committed' to Celtics amid Kevin Durant Trade Buzz

Adam WellsJuly 26, 2022

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Amid the Boston Celtics' interest in Kevin Durant, Jaylen Brown doesn't appear to be so offended by his inclusion in a reported trade offer to want out.

Per The Athletic's Jared Weiss, Brown "wants to be in Boston" and is "still committed" to the Celtics.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that the Celtics were among the teams that have engaged with the Brooklyn Nets about a potential Durant trade.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the reigning Eastern Conference champions offered Brown, Derrick White and a draft pick for Durant, which the Nets rejected.

Following the report that he was being discussed in a trade, Brown sent out a tweet that left a lot of room for interpretation:

Jaylen Brown @FCHWPO

Smh

Brown previously generated some attention after the NBA Finals when he liked a tweet that said he was "so disrespected by Celtics fans."

WEEI's Jermaine Wiggins said earlier this month that Brown told him "he wants out" of Boston because he no longer wanted to play in Jayson Tatum's shadow.

According to Weiss, Brown was "perplexed" by Wiggins' statement and "denied the report behind closed doors" because he wants to remain with the Celtics.

After rejecting the Celtics' offer for Durant, Weiss noted the Nets countered by asking Boston to include Brown, Marcus Smart, draft picks and "potentially one more rotation player" in any proposal it makes.

There is no indication at this point that the Celtics are inclined to meet Brooklyn's asking price, but according to Weiss, they are "mulling over next steps on how to approach discussions" for Durant.

Brown has two years and $55.2 million remaining on his contract. The 25-year-old has averaged at least 20 points per game in each of the past three seasons. He ranked second on the Celtics in points per game (23.6), fourth in rebounds (6.1) and tied for fourth in assists (3.5) in 66 starts during the 2021-22 campaign.

The Celtics selected Brown with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. He was named to his first All-Star team during the 2020-21 season. They advanced to the NBA Finals last season for the first time since 2009-10, losing to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

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