Brown was ruled out for at least a week on Nov. 8 after suffering a hamstring strain. At the time, coach Ime Udoka estimated that Brown would be out “a week or two.”
Brown, 25, is 6-foot-6 and averaging 25.6 points and 6.1 rebounds in eight games this season. The Celtics (7-7) visit the Hawks on Wednesday and Brown will not play.
“I just walked up to Jaylen and said, ‘Your name is all over the place as you know. Obviously, from our standpoint, you’re a Celtic and obviously a guy that we think exceptionally high of. Nothing doing,’” Stevens said on 98.5 The Sports Hub, via CelticsBlog. “I just wanted to make sure that he has that peace of mind.
“When you get into trade rumors, obviously, there’s going to be rumors, there’s going to be talks,” Stevens said. “We have to be on the phones, but we also have to be prudent and smart about what we’re doing with our own team. I would say most of the time that I’ve been here at least, there’s a lot less to it that’s real.”