Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed to a five-year supermax extension worth $304 million, the most lucrative contract in NBA history.
According to The Athletic, the deal is fully guaranteed and includes a trade kicker. However, it does not come with a player option.
Brown, who helped the Celtics reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive year, averaged career numbers in 2022, posting 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in what was his seventh season in the league.
While the deal took some time, the outcome was expected and both parties were committed to getting it over the line. For Brown, the fact that he will receive a percentage as a bonus should he be traded is a win. That there is no player option for the final year is also great for the Celtics.
The Celtics will be unable to trade the player for one year after he signs the extension, not that they want to. But it brings an end to all of the trade speculation surrounding him following the team’s heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the playoffs.
Boston is now set to head into the 2023/24 season with a formidable core including Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Kristaps Porzingis, having traded Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies.
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