Report: Celtics still expected to offer Jaylen Brown supermax deal

Orel Dizon
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The Boston Celtics recently made a big splash in 2023 offseason but have yet to lock down Jaylen Brown to a long-term contract extension.

However, it seems that it is only a matter of time before news of the Celtics and Brown agreeing on a supermax deal emerges, according to a report.

Boston has had an eventful offseason, highlighted by acquiring Kristaps Porzingis from the Washington Wizards as part of a three-team trade. But the deal required the Celtics to let go of the heart and soul of the team, Marcus Smart.

Following the trade, many fans are excited to see a trio of Jayson Tatum, Brown and Porzingis try to lead the franchise to its 18th championship. It remains to be seen, though, how long the trio will remain together because Brown’s current contract is set to expire after the 2023-24 season.

If the Celtics ultimately do ink the two-time All-Star to the rumored deal, he’ll be set to stick around for much longer.

Perhaps the front office is contemplating whether or not it’s worth it to sign Brown to a five-year, $295 million extension. The star swingman’s All-NBA nod this past season made him eligible for a contract worth up to 35 percent of the salary cap. He averaged 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the 2022-23 campaign.

Giving Brown such a deal would have been a no-brainer if it weren’t for the new CBA, which penalizes organizations that reach the second luxury tax apron.

Still, it is probably in the Celtics’ best interest to make sure the 26-year-old star is on the roster for a long time. Possibly losing him for nothing in the 2024 offseason would likely have a negative impact on the franchise’s title aspirations — that is, unless it were to find a way to turn him into another star via trade.

For now, there is still plenty of time left in the offseason, so it’s not as if Boston and Brown have to decide on the contract extension hurriedly.

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Orel's passion for sports stems from following Michael Jordan’s last title runs with the Chicago Bulls and his namesake Orel Hershiser’s Cleveland Indians tenure in the late 1990s.