Boston Celtics could be eyeing Nets Bruce Brown in free agency: Report

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Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown (1) controls the ball during the third quarter of game two of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
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Bruce Brown is one of several Brooklyn Nets that need a new contract next season or else he’ll be a free agent. It appears that one team could be eyeing him once the offseason begins.

An NBA executive told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney that the Boston Celtics could try to make a play for Brown. The 25-year-old is a Boston native and had a strong second half of the season for Brooklyn. 

“They will have limited resources,” the executive said. “But they are going to look at guys who can defend. I would not be surprised if they make a pitch for Bruce Brown. He might be out of their price range in the end and maybe he goes back to Brooklyn, but Ime (Udoka) was an assistant there and we’ve seen that carries some weight with who they bring in. He was good in that Celtics series. If he can’t get a big offer, they could sneak in with him on a one-and-one (one year, with a player option) deal and put him to good use.”

The Celtics saw up close what Brown can do during the first round of the playoffs. He was one of the Nets’ best players during the series, averaging 14.0 points and shot 56.8% from the field.

Brown also shot over 40% from beyond the arc as well. Following the trade deadline, Brown averaged 14.2 points per game and shot over 50% from the field in a stark turnaround from the first half of the year. 

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Brown has seemed to enjoy his time in Brooklyn and the Nets would be wise to try and keep him in Kings County next season. He attended last weekend’s New York Liberty game and sat courtside next to Liberty and Nets co-owner  Clara Wu Tsai. 

“Yeah, hopefully,” Brown said in April about his optimism of getting a deal done in Brooklyn. “The season just ended and I’m not thinking too much about it. If there’s a chance to stay then we’ll talk about it, but we’ll see.”