Jaylen Brown reportedly linked to hometown Atlanta Hawks next offseason

Per a report provided to Heavy.com, Celtics' star Jaylen Brown is reportedly interested in joining forces with Trae Young and Dejounte Murray on his hometown team

The Atlanta Hawks were one of the movers and shakers of the 2022 NBA offseason, with their aggressive move to acquire Dejounte Murray from the Spurs. However, according to some reports from Heavy.com, they could be making even bigger moves next offseason.

Jaylen Brown was one of many players that heard his name thrown around in relation to Kevin Durant over the last few months. He signed a four-year extension with the Celtics in 2020 worth $106 million, but he will be entering the final year of that deal come next offseason.

Sean Deveney of Heavy.com spoke with prominent NBA executives about teams that would be interested in perusing Brown and the Hawks' name was one of the first to emerge:

"Atlanta Hawks. It’s no secret that Brown is a proud Atlanta native, and drove back to the city to help lead protests during the post-George Floyd marches in the late spring of 2020. When he was on the verge of becoming a restricted free agent in 2019, the Hawks were primed to lure him back home. His commitment to Boston as a community has long been strong, and as a city, Atlanta might be the only place higher on his list. The Hawks would somehow have to shed Clint Capela’s deal ($22.7 million in 2024-25) or, maybe, pull off a move of John Collins to have space for a max contract, but they’re not far off from being in position to make a run at Brown... but if they can clear out the room, that’s probably the biggest team to worry the Celtics,”

Jaylen Brown is one of the NBA's best players and the Celtics will have the opportunity to extend him on October 1st. Although if he ops to wait until next summer, his max offer would surge from $34.2 million to $42 million.

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With that waiting comes a certain level of anxiety from the Celtics that could lend itself to a potential trade. If the Hawks were able to get a deal done they would not only further their claim to being the NBA's best backcourt, but one of the best ever.

Brown, who played his high school ball at Wheeler High School in metro Atlanta, averaged 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game last season.