September 25, 2019, 10:33 amJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Sean Deveney is reporting that “the chance is pretty slim” that Jaylen Brown signs a long-term deal with the Celtics in the coming month.
Three other players from the 2016 NBA Draft class have received contract extensions already. Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray have gotten max deals, while Caris Levert signed a deal last month worth $52 million over three years. Part of the issue for Brown and the Celtics is determining his value. A case can be made for a max contract for Brown because he might have that kind of talent. But because of Boston’s crowded rotation, he has never produced max-contract numbers. Boston has not done many extensions recently, choosing instead to let restricted free agency play out or to simply let their young players walk. There is a factor for the team to consider though, as next year’s free-agent class is especially weak. Rebuilding teams like the Raptors, the Grizzlies and the Cavs will have cap space, and Brown could be a featured player on rosters like those. A deal could definitely happen therefore, but it’s not expected so the Celtics and Brown will careen toward the extension deadline.
Source: Sean Deveney on Twitter