Eastern Notes: J. Brown, Raptors, J. Howard, Sixers

The Celtics and Jaylen Brown are expected to temporarily pause their negotiations on a super-max extension for the All-NBA swingman, reports Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

As Himmelsbach explains, the stoppage in negotiations will come as a result of logistics, not any tension or animosity between the two sides. Brown, who is a vice president of the players’ union, is traveling overseas for an NBPA event.

Although it’s unclear when exactly the two sides will resume their talks, it now appears unlikely that a new deal for Brown will be in place before the Las Vegas Summer League ends. Still, as Himmelsbach writes, Brown and the Celtics have until October to finalize a super-max extension and there’s no indication that there have been any setbacks.

Here’s more from around the Eastern Conference:

  • Michael Pina of The Ringer makes the case that the Raptors should go all-in for Damian Lillard by acquiring the star point for a package centered around 2022 Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes. Pina argues that such a move would provide clarity of direction for a team that appears to be stuck in the middle, giving the Raptors a Fred VanVleet replacement at point guard and allowing them to focus on extending – rather than potentially trading – veteran forwards Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby.
  • In a conversation with Marc J. Spears of Andscape, new Magic guard Jett Howard – the No. 11 pick in last month’s draft – said he likely would have stayed in college for another year if he hadn’t gotten the blessing of his father (Juwan Howard) to go pro. “If my dad told me to come back another year, I probably would’ve,” Jett said. “It being my dream is the reason I came out. This has always been my main dream. But you actually have to be honest with yourself and ask people if you’re ready. My dad said I’m ready now.”
  • Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice.com surveys the free agent market to see whether any of the available veterans would make sense as targets for the Sixers, considering players like Christian Wood, Jaylen Nowell, and Kelly Oubre. Neubeck isn’t convinced that anyone on the free agent market would be a great addition for Philadelphia, but acknowledges that some could become better fits depending on whether James Harden‘s trade request ultimately shakes up the roster.
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