Celtics believe they have their own version of Kawhi Leonard-Paul George duo in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum
Kawhi-PG … LeBron-AD … and Jayson-Jaylen?
The Boston Celtics are high on the potential of young wings Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, both of whom enter a revamped Beantown roster noticeably missing All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.
“Everyone loves Kawhi (Leonard) and PG (Paul George) as a wing duo. We think we have our own version growing right here in Boston,” a Celtics team executive said about Tatum and Brown, per Keith Smith of Celtics Blog. “It’s gonna take a couple more years, but those guys are stars. And neither has an ego. They just want to play and win.””
Boston general manager Danny Ainge and the Celtics front office have been infamously protective of Tatum and Brown, two players who have been highly coveted by rival teams in the NBA. Reportedly, Ainge turned down multiple offers for Tatum and Brown, which could have netted Boston All-Stars like Anthony Davis, George or Leonard in separate proposed deals.
Now George and Leonard are united with the Clippers while the Los Angeles Lakers sold the farm to acquire All-NBA power forward Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans and team up with LeBron James.
The Celtics, meanwhile, are staying put and hoping Brown and Tatum will develop into a one-two punch and form a dynamic partnership alongside Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward.