It was very much a revolving door of changes for the Celtics this summer. As they watched several core players walkout this summer, they were able to welcome some more. While we have yet to see how these new acquisitions will adjust to their new scene, it will be a big change for both sides to deal with.
The losses may not be over though, and rumors of Boston's standing with one of their primary young players seems to hint at an inevitable breakup.
He was brought along slowly in his first year in Boston and has not had the opportunity to show his full potential as the Celtics have stocked the roster with free-agent talent like Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward (along with, now, Kemba Walker).
That makes the next four weeks somewhat awkward for Brown and the Celtics, who have until October 21 to agree to a contract extension. According to a league source, “the chance is pretty slim” that Brown signs a long-term deal with the team in the coming month. Around the league, the expectation is that Brown and the Celtics won’t come to a deal.
Jaylen Brown has not been a tier-one superstar, but his production at 22-years-old makes him a very interesting young player. Last season, he averaged 13 points and 4.2 rebounds on 46.5% shooting behind Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum.
In a different setting, he might be given more room to shine. It seems this upcoming season could be Boston's last chance to convince him to stay.