1. Heat trade for Jaylen Brown in a stunning deal
The Celtics have some tough decisions to make now and going forward. Brown earning All-NBA honors makes him eligible for a supermax contract, but the new CBA throws in a wrinkle. Having two supermax players makes roster building difficult. If Boston keeps Jayson Tatum and Brown, they must strip away their depth to stay under the second tax apron. Is that something they want to do?
Brown is entering the final season of his contract and is extension eligible. Without a new deal, the Celtics should make him available. It would create a bidding war around the league, and Miami would come in with this offer.
The Celtics get Herro, who is making an average of $30 million over the next four seasons. He is cost controlled and would give Boston additional flexibility moving forward. They would also have three first-round picks to use in trades. Teams will sell pieces to get under the second apron, and the Celtics could become players in that market after making this deal.
Would this be enough to win a bidding war for Jaylen Brown? It may not be enough to win for Damian Lillard, either. The Miami Heat will search for a star this summer, but can they land one? Stay tuned to find out.