Celtics Ink Jaylen Brown to 5-Year, $304 Million Supermax Contract Extension
Brown and teammate Jayson Tatum have been major factors in the team's frequent deep playoff runs in recent seasons.
BREAKING: Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown has agreed to a five-year, $304 million supermax contract extension with the franchise, per sources. This is the richest deal in NBA history, negotiated by agent Jason Glushon.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 25, 2023
Fully guaranteed, with a trade kicker. No player option. pic.twitter.com/MQ6NKILY8Q
Brown entered the NBA as the third overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. As a 20-year-old rookie, he started in 20 of 78 games for Boston and has been an every-game starter in virtually every season since then.
Brown has been nominated to the NBA All-Star team twice over the past three seasons, including this past year. He has been one of the most productive players in the league during that time, averaging 25.0 points, 6.3 boards, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game over the last three years.
The star's play came into question during the Celtics' Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Miami Heat, leaving a sour taste in some fans' mouths. He was up-and-down in the series and finished the team's final loss with 8 turnovers and 5 personal fouls while shooting just 1 of 9 from beyond the arc.
It was a lackluster way to end what was an otherwise stellar season, but the Celtics seem more than willing to look past that given this extension.
Brown has been a versatile stud for Boston over the past few seasons but could find himself in a more defined role after the team acquired power forward/center Kristaps Porzingis from the Washington Wizards via trade earlier this offseason and dealt long-time guard Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Celtics Betting Markets
The Celtics' strong performances over the past few years put them in place to be the early favorites to take home the NBA Championship trophy in the 2023-24 season. The FanDuel Sportsbook gives Boston +470 odds to win the NBA championship this upcoming season, the strongest odds of any team in the league.
They're the frontrunners to win the Eastern Conference as well, with +210 odds to lead the conference by the season's end. The Milwaukee Bucks rank second with +290 odds, while the Heat have the third-best odds at +450.
No team has a higher regular-season win total prop than the Celtics' 54.5 over/under, either. There's even money (-110) to each side of that bet at this early point in the offseason.
Brown himself has often been overshadowed by teammate Jayson Tatum, whose +800 odds to win the NBA MVP rank fifth-best in the league. Brown himself has +12000 odds to win the award, making him the 25th-most likely player to win.
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