Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics have some significant decisions to make with the NBA trade deadline approaching.
As of Thursday, the team is a disappointing 16-19 and in the midst of a miserable three-game losing skid. The first two losses were the result of epic fourth-quarter collapses against the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves. The third consecutive defeat came Wednesday night vs. the Los Angeles Clippers as the Celtics went a historically bad 4-of-42 from 3-point range.
The frustrating season has exposed some of Boston's glaring weaknesses, and it's becoming more clear with each game that changes need to be made. If you ask Celtics fans, most will tell you the team needs to find a way to add talent alongside stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Others will say it's time to split Tatum and Brown up.
Stadium's Jeff Goodman agrees with the latter group.
"I've been there for a year and a half saying that Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown do not play well together," Goodman said Thursday on NBC Sports Boston's Early Edition. "They at times look like they've never played together, so I think you've got to make a move here, or at least if you're Brad Stevens, do your due diligence. Go out there, see what you can get for Jaylen Brown.
"I think his stock is still very high. Maybe not as high as it was six months or a year ago, but very high, and there might be a team out there that looks at Jaylen Brown as a superstar, as a number-one guy. I don't think that's the case, but I think it certainly -- listen, it can't be any worse than it is now. It can't be any more frustrating than it is now. So, why not make a move on Jaylen Brown and see if maybe it kickstarts this team?"
It's an opinion sure to rile up the fanbase, but a trade involving Brown might be worth exploring if the Celtics' season continues to spiral. Other than Tatum, he's the only player on the roster who guarantees a significant return. While there's obvious risk involved when trading an All-Star, it might be a risk Stevens needs to take in his challenging first year as president of basketball operations.
Goodman went on to name Boston's biggest need ahead of the deadline.
"You need to get a point guard in," he said. "Right now, you've got three average, mediocre point guards. If you could combine them, you'd be great. You can't. So you've got to get a point guard who moves the ball and makes people better."
The 2021-2022 NBA trade deadline is Feb. 10.