Jaylen Brown wants to remain in Boston in spite of trade talks

One reason that could motivate the Celtics to pursue a Durant trade is if they have an indication that Brown isn’t long for Boston. Brown will be extension-eligible on October 1, 2022 for a base of $110.8 million. He will almost certainly not sign it since it is way below his market value, and he should command maximum level offers when he becomes a free agent in 2024. He also still has a chance to qualify for the supermax over the next two years if he earns All-NBA honors, but only with the Celtics. The Celtics need to send $35.2 million in outgoing salary to match for Durant in a trade. Including Brown and either White or Smart gets them there. They are currently projected to have a $59 million luxury tax payment once they reach 15 players. Trading that package for Durant would keep their projected penalty in that same range. -via HoopsHype / July 26, 2022

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