NBA Rumors: Hawks Are "Closely" Monitoring Jaylen Brown's Situation In Boston

Boston Celtics All-Star Jaylen Brown came out on Wednesday and suggested that he might not be a Celtic for the long haul. The shock waves are already being felt, as a new report suggests that the Atlanta Hawks are "closely" monitoring the Georgia native's situation in Boston.

“One reason the Hawks are trying to unload (John) Collins is to get that cap space and be in position to add someone, another star, with Trae,” an Eastern Conference executive told Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports. “It is not easy to get free agents to Atlanta but Jaylen Brown would be different—they want to be in position, at least, to make a move if he wants to be there. I think there is no question they are watching the situation with him. Closely.” 

Brown on Wednesday began dropping hints that his future very well might NOT be in Boston.

“I don’t know. As long as I’m needed. It’s not up to me. We’ll see how they feel about me over time and I feel about them over time," said Brown. "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. I just enjoy the time that you have now. If it’s your whole career, it’s your whole career. If it’s not, it’s not. Some of the greatest players of all time haven’t finished with their organization. Michael Jordan retired a Wizard.” 

That certainly sounds like a player who doesn't feel appreciated in Boston. And one who could move on. He was, after all, rumored to be considered a trade possibility in return for Kevin Durant this past summer. 

But through it all, Celtics fans don't really want to hear about the possibility of Brown leaving.  

Brown is averaging a career-best 26.7 points and 6.9 rebounds, along with 3.4 assists.

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