The Boston Celtics shocked a lot around the NBA when they drafted Jaylen Brown with the third overall selection this June. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that the Celtics might demote Brown to the NBA D-League.
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England, Boston head coach Brad Stevens is known for demoting rookies to the NBADL. In 2014, Marcus Smart, who was the sixth overall pick, played one game for the Celtics’ D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
Blakely also pointed other rookies in the past such as James Young, Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter all spend a big chunk of time in Maine. However, he noted that Jaylen Brown will unlikely get demoted to the D-League.
“It means that the D-League will be an option to consider as the season progresses, but don’t be surprised if Brown doesn’t spend a single minute with the Red Claws,” Blakely reported.
Since the 2006 NBA Draft, only two top three picks have been demoted to the NBA D-League. First was 2009 second overall pick Hasheem Thabeet and second was former first overall pick Anthony Bennett, who both are considered draft busts.
Jaylen Brown is considered as one of the top prospects in the recent NBA draft and the Celtics saw something in him to draft him third overall. It would not hurt if he spends some time in the D-League but he will likely be part of the team’s rotation and backing up Jae Crowder.
According to Arthur Hill of Hoops Rumors, the Celtics are preparing Jaylen Brown for a possible blockbuster trade with the Sacramento Kings. He opined that Boston will probably trade Brown and the two Brooklyn Nets draft picks for two-time All-Star center, DeMarcus Cousins.
However, it should be noted that these are just NBA rumors at the moment. Nothing has been confirmed but expect more speculations with the training camp about to start in just a week.
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