Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald looked at the Celtics’ roster and offered his thoughts on each of the players. In the case of Tatum, the 22-year-old has already has established himself as the team’s star, which makes the extension an obvious move by the team.
“So the Celtics will do the logical thing and offer this young All-NBA player a four-year super max extension that should pay him somewhere in the vicinity of $155 million,” Murphy wrote. “With Brown already signed for the next four years, the Celtics will move forward with the most dynamic young wing combination in the NBA.”
Tatum was the third player taken overall in the 2017 NBA draft and has more than validated that selection by the Celtics.
In his first three seasons, Tatum has continued to show progress each season and has career numbers of 17.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
However, the 2019-20 season saw Tatum take a major jump with career highs in those four categories, averaging 23.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals for each contest.
With Tatum as the team’s cornerstone during the past season, the Celtics reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in his three years in the league.
The hope is that by locking up Tatum and adding more talent in the year ahead, the Celtics will be in solid position to capture their first NBA title since 2008.