NBA Trades: 5 Jaylen Brown trades the Celtics must consider

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Atlanta Hawks

The Package: Deandre Hunter, A.J. Griffin, Onyeka Okongwu, 2024 first-round pick via Sacramento

How it benefits the Celtics

Brown is obviously the best player in this package, but Hunter, Griffin, and Okongwu would add up to a similar impact. Additionally, all three players are 25 or younger, meaning they would progress on the same timeline as Tatum.

Hunter is likely the most intriguing piece out of this package. He’s reminiscent of a younger Brown (though he’s only one year younger). He’s shown glimpses of stardom but overall has played the role of a 3 and d wing without too much shot-creation ability. Perhaps Boston could develop him similarly to how they developed Brown.

Additionally, Griffin has shown promise as a rookie, and Okongwu has performed well in his role as a backup center. He would be a nice insurance policy for the injury-prone Robert Williams III.

How it benefits the Hawks

Trading for Brown a year after trading nearly all their draft capital for Dejounte Murray would leave the Hawks with little roster continuity. But taking this massive of a risk might be Atlanta’s only chance of reaching the heights they sought out in last year’s offseason gamble. In other words, they’re going double or nothing.

Brown would provide much-needed defense and outside shooting, as the Hawks rank 21st in three-point-percentage and 22nd and defensive rating. And of course, he would provide a scoring punch of roughly 27 points per game.