Jaylen Brown isn’t making any guarantees about whether he intends to stay in Boston.
In a new Ringer profile, the ascendent star casts doubt upon whether he wants to re-sign with the Celtics when his contract expires at the end of next season (the interview was conducted in January).
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“I don’t know. As long as I’m needed. It’s not up to me,” he said. “We’ll see how they feel about me over time and I feel about them over time. Hopefully, whatever it is, it makes sense. But I will stay where I’m wanted. I will stay where I’m needed and treated correct.”
Last week, Brown called some portions of the Celtics fan base “toxic” in an interview with the New York Times.
For the Celtics organization, this is a bad one-two punch. Brown indicated to the Ringer’s Logan Murdock that he harbors some ill-will over last summer’s Kevin Durant trade rumors.
“[Kevin Durant] and [Jayson Tatum] are friends. They was working out together and whatnot,” Brown said. “So, I wasn’t sure what the energy was. I wasn’t sure what the direction of the organization was.”
At one point, Brown placed a three-way call to Brad Stevens and Tatum. Though Stevens assured Brown he wasn’t being traded, the two-time All-Star says he’s still not sure whether he can trust Stevens’ word.
“It’s hard coming into teams and organizations and being warm. They operate on different principles, I think,” he said. “This is an organization. They look at it as a business, where they’ll tell you one thing, and then behind closed doors, they’ll say another, and they’ll trade you off. Tell you, ‘We love you,’ and they’ll be having like, ‘We’re going to trade him next week.’ I think that’s just how business is run.”
As a college student, Brown struggled with the idea of being a commodity for a powerful institution, the University of California. It’s apparent he’s experiencing similar feelings as a member of the Celtics.
And he’s not afraid to express them.