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Jaylen Brown has morphed into "can't trade" status for Celtics



The latest James Harden-to-Boston rumors have the 8-time All-Star and MVP (2018) putting the Celtics on his wish list

The conventional wisdom is that any trade package for Harden is constituted in two forms: promising young players or a star player plus picks. For the Celtics, that could mean a package of Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart or flipping Kemba Walker (who is still nursing a balky knee post-stem cell injection) and trade ballast for the eight-time All-Star.

After Brown's potent performance in the Celtics season-opener versus the Milwaukee Bucks, he appears to be ready for All-NBA consideration. His present contact where he will earn $28.4 million in the final season (2022-23) of his deal, may very well prove to be a bargain.

Any talk about sending any of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown or Marcus Smart is just that - talk. I can't envision any members of this trio going elsewhere, even for James Harden. That leaves the only viable option sending Kemba Walker to Houston for salary-matching purposes, in addition to promising youngsters (Romeo Langford, Aaron Nesmith) and draft picks. 

This scenario only happens of Danny Ainge sees a serious shot at Banner #18 this season or next. There are questions about such a move. Can The Beard coexist with Marcus, Jayson and Jaylen? Would Harden hamper further development for the Jay Team? Can that Fearsome Foursome win a Title? Stay tuned.

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