LAS VEGAS -- Few players around the league showed more growth during the past season than Jaylen Brown. The second-year guard emerged from a solid, but inconsistent rookie season to become a breakout star alongside Jayson Tatum during the team’s shorthanded run to the Eastern Conference Finals. The 21-year-old managed to average 18 ppg with terrific shooting splits (46% FG, 39.5% 3pt) despite being hampered by a hamstring injury for parts of the final two rounds.
Brown’s quick development has not only made him an essential part of the team’s young core, but has also raised his profile around the league. When All-Star trade names are thrown around, including Kawhi Leonard or Anthony Davis, Brown is generally one of the first names mentioned as a hypothetical piece needed to make a deal. The speculation reached a point last month at which a top national writer entirely focused on whether the Celtics should be willing to include Brown in a deal for Leonard.
The Celtics have understandably passed on offering Brown in any trade talks for Leonard, according to league sources, and the rumors connecting Leonard and Boston have died down in recent weeks.
Trade rumors can take a toll on any player, so BostonSportsJournal.com asked Brown this week in Las Vegas about his reaction to hearing his name so often in speculation and whether the Celtics have tried to reassure him of his status with the team.