BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have answered their most urgent query of the offseason. Jaylen Brown will probably be a part of the franchise for the foreseeable future.
The Celtics’ wing has agreed to phrases on a five-year supermax contract extension that may pay him as much as $304 million, his agent stated Tuesday.
It’s the richest contract in NBA historical past, surpassing the $264 million deal signed by Nuggets middle Nikola Jokic final summer time.
The deal was first reported by ESPN and confirmed to The Related Press by Brown’s agent, Jason Glushon.
It retains Brown with the group that drafted him third total in 2016 and watched him develop right into a two-time All-Star.
He averaged profession highs of 26.6 factors, 6.9 rebounds and three.5 assists final season. However these numbers went down within the playoffs, when the Celtics misplaced to the Miami Warmth within the Japanese Convention finals. In Recreation 7, Brown had 19 factors on 8-of-23 taking pictures, making simply one in every of 9 3-point makes an attempt.
Nonetheless, the totality of his time in Boston has made him a key piece of the franchise’s present core that administration wasn’t keen to danger seeing depart when his present four-year deal expiries after subsequent season.
By advantage of constructing the All-NBA second group — Brown’s first such honor in his profession — he was eligible for the supermax extension.
From the second this previous season ended, Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens has been adamant that he wished to see Brown signal a long-term deal.
“He’s a giant a part of us. We imagine in him and I’m grateful for him,” Stevens stated final month. “I’m actually grateful that when these guys have success they arrive again to work. And once they get beat, they personal it they usually come again to work. And so I do know that’s what they’re about. And that’s laborious to seek out.”
These sentiments have been echoed by All-Star Jayson Tatum, who has paired with Brown to guide the Celtics’ one-two punch of their runs to the NBA Finals in 2021-22 and the convention finals final season.
Following Boston’s East finals loss in Might, Tatum stated retaining Brown long-term was “extraordinarily essential.”
“He’s among the finest gamers on this league,” Tatum stated. “He performs each ends of the ball and nonetheless is comparatively younger. And he’s completed so much up to now in his profession. So, I believe it’s extraordinarily essential.”
Brown’s new pact will probably result in some monetary maneuvering down the highway with the league’s new Collective Bargaining Settlement bringing extra limitations on how groups assemble their rosters and extra luxurious tax penalties.
Tatum continues to be enjoying beneath his rookie extension that kicked in final season and will probably be eligible for his potential supermax extension subsequent summer time.
Story by Kyle Hightower, Related Press