Could Jaylen Brown’s future with the Boston Celtics actually help the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Maybe no player in the NBA currently has had his stock plummet as hard as the Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown. The seven-year vet shot just 16% from three against the Miami Heat and scored just 19 points. All the while, becoming a meme for a very poor sequence of events that saw him dribble a ball off his foot.
In total, he had 25 turnovers to his name in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat, and Caleb Martin of the Heat made it a point to declare that they did everything they could to make Brown dribble to his left because they knew he couldn’t. Now Celtic cans are mad. Pointing out how inconsistent Jayson Tatum is, while also pointing out that Brown has issues dribbling in year seven.
It’s no surprise that the Celtics have not been living up to their standard and a lot of smart NBA pundits think the Celtics are tapped, and can’t improve their roster any further without making big swings; like trading Brown.
And a trade is likely and not just because of his poor playoff showing. Many have speculated and reported that Brown, like his former teammate Kyrie Irving, is tired of playing second fiddle to Tatum. The two are rumored to not be the best of friends and it’s very possible that the Celtics aren’t a big fan of giving someone like Brown the big-supermax contract extension he so covets.
So a trade could happen.
And if it does, that may help the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may benefit from a Jaylen Brown and Boston Celtics falling out
The Cleveland Cavaliers may find themselves benefiting the most from a Brown and Celtics breakup. At least, that’s what Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com hypothesizes.
"Without Brown, that task seems less imposing, even if Tatum is a better player than any wing within Cleveland’s reach. Boston’s playoff experience, while still miles ahead of Cleveland’s, loses luster without a forward who played a key role in building it. And the Celtics’ margin for error (and injury) shrinks.Boston has often counted on Brown to fill Tatum’s role if the ladder was hurt or slumping. But who would fill Brown’s role if Boston doesn’t re-sign him?"
The Cavs will absolutely benefit from Brown leaving the Celtics and while Fedor speaks mostly about it as a playoff scenario, it’s also very likely that the Cavs could leap-frog the Celtics in the regular season, making it that much harder for Boston to be a problem int he postseason.
The Cavs, assuming they only add pieces this offseason, will thrive in an Eastern Conference where the Celtics are reorganizing themselves.