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You should take your question from Sunday [would the Celtics trade Jaylen Brown for Brandon Ingram right now?] and take it another step: Would Danny Ainge trade Brown for Ben Simmons? I think they would, but obviously there’s high risk with Simmons missing his whole rookie year with a foot injury. – Not Danny Ainge
Have to admit, I was surprised so many who checked into the comments section on the Brown/Ingram Q said the Celtics wouldn’t trade the player picked third in this past June’s draft for the player picked second. I strongly suspect some of them — some of you — griped that it was a two-player draft when the Celtics ended up with the third pick. I also suspect some of you wouldn’t have given a second thought to trading him in a Jimmy Butler blockbuster two weeks ago.
Of course, what has become obvious in recent weeks — especially during his 16-point, 8-rebound, 3-crazy-highlight performance against the Lakers Friday — is that Brown is way ahead of where he was supposed to be as an NBA freshman. There will be hiccups — he had 14 points in a weird loss to the Suns on Sunday, but did miss some key free throws. He’s a good NBA player already, with a chance to be much more. It’s nice that the vast majority of Celtics fans are catching on. I don’t know, maybe don’t jeer their first-round draft pick this year?
But to actually answer the question: Would they trade him for Simmons? I think so, yes, even with the risk that he has Andrew Toney’s feet. Simmons supposedly can’t shoot, but the same thing was said about Brown; if he works at it, he’ll improve. It’s the easy thing to fix in the NBA. He’s an otherworldly passer with the kind of court sense that can’t be taught. And he’s 6-foot-10. Anything to help this crew grab a few more rebounds.
For what it’s worth, I don’t think the Sixers would consider trading him for Brown. But that we can even ponder the possibility without seeming too parochial is a tribute to how far Brown has come already.
So what do you say? Would the Celtics trade Brown for Simmons? Let’s crash the boards in the comments.