With the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline one month away, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports the Celtics have informed teams that they plan on building around the two All-Stars rather than splitting them up.
Here's the full excerpt from Charania:
The 19-21 Celtics have indicated to rival teams that they want to build around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown — and have no interest to split up the two All-Star forwards right now, sources said. The 18-21 Celtics appear open for business around other players on the roster. Boston engaged with the 76ers before the season about a potential Simmons deal, but showed no inclination to move Brown.
Inconsistency and a head-scratching inability to close out games currently have the Celtics 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. Those glaring issues have left some wondering whether Tatum and Brown can co-exist, or if Boston is better off seeing what they can get for one of their prized wings. Brown recently defended his chemistry with Tatum while showing faith in their long-term potential, and it looks like the organization feels the same way.
As for notable players the Celtics could dangle in trade talks instead of Tatum and Brown, point guard Dennis Schroder is expected to be available. There's also a chance veteran guard Marcus Smart could be dealt, though a trade restriction in his recent contract extension prevents the team from moving him until Jan. 25 at the earliest.