It’s been speculated that the Celtics may eventually break up the dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, with many questioning their fit together. However, Brown believes that they can be successful together, Tim Bontemps of ESPN writes.
“I think we can play together,” Brown said. “We have played together well for the majority of our career and things like that. The last year or so hasn’t gone as expected, but I think a lot of the adversity that we’re kind of going through now is going to help us grow and get better in the future.”
The Celtics have been more successful with the two on the court together rather, as they outscore their opponents by 4.6 points per 100 possessions. But the Celtics are not living up to their fullest potential this season, as they’re barely clinging on to the final play-in spot in the Eastern Conference.
“I know that people are tired of hearing that, but a lot of learning and growth is still taking place,” Brown said. “I’m getting better as a basketball player. Jayson’s getting better as a basketball player and trying to put our guys in position to make them look good. It’s tougher than it looks. So we just gotta continue to get better, make the right plays, trust ourselves, trust our teammates, trust our coaching staff, and let the chips fall where they may.”
More NBA Rumors, News & Notes
- Bol-Bol on the Move: The Pistons and Nuggets are closing in on a deal to send Bol Bol to Detroit for Rodney McGruder and a future second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Detroit will offer Bol a chance to get significant playing time.
Tacko Moving On: The Cavaliers are waiving Tacko Fall and are signing Brandon Goodwin on a two-way contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Born Ready Likely Staying in Indiana: Lance Stephenson is likely staying with the Pacers for the rest of the season, as his 10-day contract expires on Monday, sources tell Marc Stein of Substack. Stephenson put up 30 points against the Nets last Wednesday and dished out 14 assists in Saturday night’s win over the Jazz.
Pelicans Make Signing: The Pelicans are signing Gary Clark to a two-way contract, per Charania. He returns after shooting 47.4 percent from three in eight games with them.
Boogie May Move on to New Team: The Nuggets plan to sign DeMarcus Cousins to a 10-day contract, per Charania. This would reunite Boogie with coach Michael Malone, as Malone coached him when Cousins was with the Kings.
Beal or no Beal? – The Wizards are unlikely to trade Bradley Beal any time soon, our own Chris Crouse explains. Beal is widely expected to opt out of his contract after this season when he is eligible to sign a deal worth upwards of $241 million over five years with the Wizards.
“The Klaw” May Return: Kawhi Leonard is ahead of schedule in his recovery and there’s a “strong possibility” that the former Finals MVP returns to the court this season, Crouse relays. He hasn’t played this season as he recovers from a torn ACL which he suffered during last year’s postseason.