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The playoffs are right around the corner, but throughout the NBA, plans are already being made for the future - not only for next summer, but for the one after that.
In the background of the statements according to which Jaylen Brown has not yet committed to stay in Boston beyond the summer of 2024 when his contract ends, the reporter Sean Davini spoke with senior officials of the various teams and compiled a list of five candidates who would covet the star.
Brown has been with the Celtics since being the third overall pick in the 2016 draft, but has been mentioned as a candidate to be traded for a bigger star for almost his entire career - including last summer when Kevin Durant asked to leave Brooklyn.
The player who was selected twice as an All-Star was interviewed this week and did not commit that he intends to stay with the Eastern champions: "I don't know if I will stay. We will see how they will feel about me and how I will feel about them over time. I will be where I am wanted, I will stay where I feel wanted and I will be treated properly."
One of the motivations for a possible departure is Brown's desire to lead a team, something he doesn't get to do right now in the presence of Jayson Tatum.
However, even in the list of teams later, it is not at all certain that he will be awarded the status of the main star.
Will he leave Boston?
Brown (Photo: GettyImages, David Berding)
In light of these statements, from conversations with senior officials in the various groups, Dabini compiled a list of five candidates to take in Brown.
The first candidate is Atlanta, the team from Brown's hometown, both for the personal reason and because the Hawks see him as an ideal partner for Trae Young and Dejonta Murray, who also ends his contract in 2024.
Chicago was also marked for the time when DeMar DeRozan will finish his contract, and the name of the Clippers was mentioned due to the desire of the team from Los Angeles to add a big name with the move to the new hall that year.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are out of contract in 2024 and the Clippers will want to refresh the staff, but it is not clear if Brown's arrival will be at the expense of one of the stars or alongside them.
One of Boston's biggest rivals in recent years in the East, Milwaukee, was also mentioned.
In 2024, Khris Middleton will finish his contract and Jrue Holiday will enter the last year of the agreement, and the Bucks will want to land a younger star alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The last team mentioned is the champion Golden State, but this is the least likely option because in such a case the Warriors would have to give up the icon Klay Thompson or key players like Jordan Paul and Andrew Wiggins.