May 19, 2024

Celtics, Jaylen Brown to renew talks on potentially richest contract in NBA history next week, per report

Jaylen Brown has yet to sign an extension with the Boston Celtics, but one of the last major items left on the offseason agenda could be settled soon. Both sides are expected to renew discussions on the richest possible contract NBA history next week, according to Gary Washburn.

Brown is eligible for a supermax extension that could be worth up to $304 million over five years, by Adrian Wojnarowski; in the final year of the deal he would be making over $70 million. It’s still not clear why there’s a hold-up, although it’s thought that secondary matters such as player options, incentives and/or trade kickers are more of an issue than the actual money.

The Celtics and Brown were allowed to formally begin such discussions on July 1, and were expected to reach an agreement quickly. Some eyebrows were raised when that didn’t happen, especially amid the Damian Lillard rumors, but everyone assumed it would be done at Summer League in Las Vegas in the middle of the month.

“I can’t really talk about it but it was a good discussion,” Celtics president Brad Stevens said in Vegas. “We want Jaylen to be here for a long, long time, and that’s clear. We’re looking forward to sitting down and there’s time here. I probably shouldn’t say anything else, but I feel hopeful.”

However, both parties left the desert without signing anything. Then, the talks were officially suspended and Brown went to Spain on NBPA business. Now that he’s back stateside, they’re set to reunite, and the assumption remains that he’ll commit to a long-term future in Boston. When, however, remains to be seen, and the longer the wait, the more obscure the situation.

Brown is coming off a brutal showing in the Eastern Conference finals, where he averaged 19 points and 6.1 rebounds on 41.8/16.3/66.7 shooting splits in the Celtics’ seven-game win over the eight-seeded Miami Heat, and turned the ball over 25 times. With a more typical performance, the Celtics would likely return to the Finals for a second consecutive season, and possibly win a title.

Despite that poor performance, Brown is still one of the best wings in the league. He was an All-Star last season, made his first All-NBA appearance and averaged career highs across the board with 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists on 49.1% shooting.

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