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Boston Celtics: 2017-18 player grades for Jaylen Brown

Boston Celtics: 2017-18 player grades for Jaylen Brown”

However, there have been recent reports that James could hold discussions with the Celtics in free agency. But what if this intimacy is fed by him becoming a member of the Green? Cleveland traded Irving to Boston for Isiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić, Brooklyn's 2018 first round pick (Number 8 overall), and a 2020 second round pick. "You know obviously he's shown this year that he can get to the Finals, you know, no matter what the circumstances are".

Regardless of what the reaction from the local crowd would be, James coming to Boston is far-fetched but is not out of the realm of possibility. He's been a vital key for the Celtics and he's going to warrant somewhere between $12-14 million, per season.

Irving won't sign the max extension for which he is eligible this summer - logically and financially, it would make little sense, and he confirmed his plan to hit unrestricted free agency on Tuesday.

However, Irving grew disgruntled in Cleveland.

Jaylen Brown's rookie season didn't go as many had hoped for with the Boston Celtics. He averaged 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.1% from the floor and 40.8% from three point range.

Giving up any of these three to land the best player in the game is a no-brainer.

That was the case when the Celtics point guard gave an ambiguous response to New York Times reporter Sopan Debb when asked about his future with Boston.

"For sure", Irving said. The thought process is that James would prefer not to play with Kevin Durant or former teammate Kyrie Irving as joining either team would require them to be traded.

"That's the type of attitude and effort you love to be a part of", he said. If Cleveland uses the eighth pick in this month's draft to add Michael Porter Jr., Wendell Carter or Collin Sexton, it could make for an attractive roster, especially considering that dishing James to the Celtics could also net them Morris or Rozier.

Irving should probably be careful what he wishes for, because one question a day during the regular season would end up being a lot of questions by the end of the season.

Burning question: How good is this Celtics team when healthy? When this year's team lost its offensive rhythm in the playoffs, they clearly missed Irving - one of the best iso players in the league, capable of creating for himself in essentially any situation.



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