Report: Hawks biggest threat to pry Jaylen Brown from Celtics

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The Atlanta Hawks roster is set in stone for the upcoming season following a down 2021-22 campaign. The club swung the biggest trade in recent history by dealing for Dejounte Murray from the Spurs, but they might not be done acquiring superstars. According to one Eastern Conference executive who spoke to Sean Deveney of, Jaylen Brown, an Atlanta native, could end up playing for his hometown team.

“They’ve been after more two-way players in recent years, because signing up a few big names around Trae Young has not worked out. We’ll have to see what they do with [De’Andre] Hunter and [Onyeka] Okongwu because they will need extensions but if they can clear out the room, that’s probably the biggest team to worry the Celtics,” the executive told Deveney.

This move would have to come following the 2023-24 season because of Jaylen Brown’s contract. The two-way star was entangled in trade speculation as Boston pursued Kevin Durant, which has to sting for a player that has done so much for the Celtics organization.

Brown had another stellar year, averaging 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. What makes him desirable to the Hawks is his ability to impact games on both ends of the court — something Atlanta will look for with Trae Young on the roster.

Playing with a point guard like Young would accentuate Jaylen Brown’s skillset. This move feels highly unlikely, though, and seems to be nothing more than conjecture at this point. Boston would be fools to let a player of his caliber walk. On the contrary, a Young-Murray backcourt could entice free agents to come to Atlanta, especially those who are from the city. And evidently, facets of the league believe Brown coming to play for his hometown team is a possibility.

Photographer: Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire
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