10/22/2019 By RJ Curreri
The Boston Celtics and Jaylen Brown agreed on a 4-year $115 million dollar contract extension yesterday. This news comes as a relief to many Celtics’ fans who were growing unsure of Brown’s future with the team as rumors began surfacing during the off-season claiming that the four-year guard was looking for a contract in the $170 million dollar range. With this deal, the Celtics avoid further media speculation and can focus on the season at hand.
Brown, 22, joins many of his fellow 2016 draft class members with this deal as Ben Simmons, Jamal Murray, and Buddy Hield also received big extensions recently. Celtics’ general manager Danny Ainge released the following statement on Brown’s extension, “Jaylen has made tremendous strides over the last three years and has become a fantastic player for us on both ends of the court. He’s a great person and a hard worker who, at 22 years old, can score and defend against the best players in the NBA. Jaylen is a true professional who did a great job accepting his role last season, and he is a major part of our championship goals” (ESPN).
Brown is coming off a season where he found himself forced to take a step-back due the returns of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, only averaging 13 points-per-game. With this new deal and a seemingly new-found energy from this year’s team, Brown is poised to play his basketball yet.