Jaylen Brown remains vague when asked to clarify comments on the future


“I can’t speculate on anything above what I’m doing right now.”

Jaylen Brown is expected to enter free agency in 2024. Michael Dwyer/AP Photo

Jaylen Brown freaked out some Celtics fans with candid comments about his future in Boston earlier this week.

The 26-year-old winger, who will become a free agent in 2024, showed no commitment when asked during an interview with The Ringer about his plans once his contract expires.

“I don’t know. As long as I’m needed. It’s not mine,” Brown said. “We’ll see what they think of me over time and how I feel about them over time. over time. Hopefully, whatever it is, it makes sense. But I will stay where I am wanted. I will stay where I am needed and I will be treated properly.

According to Brown, his cautious response was “because this kind of stuff gets Celtics fans speculating and driving them crazy.”

But the vague response only fanned the flames of Celtics fans worried that Brown is heading elsewhere in 2024.

After dropping 27 points in Boston’s blowout win over the Kings on Tuesday, Brown was asked about his recent comments.

“I feel good, in a team with 50 wins at the moment, which [you] cannot be taken for granted. [Tuesday] was the 50th win,” Brown said, per NBC Sports Boston video. “Right now, my focus is on helping lead my team to another run in the playoffs. In terms of speculation and so on, I can’t speculate on anything above what I’m doing right now.

“I think sometimes when people write articles they are sometimes taken out of context, especially when the writers have their own agendas or whatever. For me personally, to think about clarifying things that have been said recently. But other than that, I’m focused on my team. I focus on basketball and I focus on winning games.

But when asked what specific things he wanted to clarify, Brown chose not to elaborate.

“Nothing yet,” Brown added. “The only thing I want to clarify is that the Celtics need to play better and win more games. If I want to say anything in the future about the kind of stuff that’s been floating around, I will.

“But right now I like when people hear things from the horse’s mouth and you can see my reaction, and my face and everything – how I feel about what I’m saying. Sometimes those things can get lost in translation. If I feel the need to, I will. I keep constant communication with my teammates and the organization. And we have to have everyone on board if we’re going to do the things we say we’re going to do. we’re going to do. Right now, I’m focusing on that.”

As much as Celtics fans might worry about Brown’s future in Boston, the All-Star guard is still under contract for at least another season and remains in good shape with the No. 2 team in the Conference. East.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted on ESPN “Get Up!” Wednesday morning that he didn’t believe Brown’s comments warranted a Boston fan panic.

“He’s a thoughtful person,” Wojnarowski said. “Not every player is going to give up their influence when they talk about it publicly. I didn’t think the comment was that inflammatory. I thought he left it open.


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