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4 Takeaways from Brown’s Extension

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Teams are paying NBA players more and more every year. That trend continued Monday when Jaylen Brown seemingly won his negotiations with the Celtics. In the past week, reporters noted that Brown turned down a 4-year, $80 million contract extension with the Celts. Monday afternoon, Brown secured a 4/$115 deal. So, what does this all mean for the Celtics going forward?

1. Primary Meanings

First and foremost, it means Brown and his Team USA teammates will spend at least two more years together in Boston. It also, however, severely limits their flexibility in that timeframe. You can now expect to see Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker suit up together for two more years. (We can assume Hayward will opt into his $34 million for next season. Like why would he turn that down? That would be a bonkers awful idea on his part.) There will be little opportunity to sign free agents next year, and not many opportunities to swing a significant trade. Jayson Tatum now has their most tradeable contract with two years and just $17 million left.

2. Hayward is likely here for two more seasons

As mentioned before, Hayward is likely to opt into his player option for next season. This scenario makes his contract incredibly challenging to handle. He is also doubtful to stay beyond next year unless he agrees to a significantly cheaper deal. With Brown and Kemba’s big contracts on the books, the Celtics will only have space for one more substantial signing. This contract will likely go to Jayson Tatum if he is still on the team.

3. All eyes will be on Jayson Tatum next summer

Next summer, we will be in the same situation we just had with Brown. In a weak free agency summer, the Celtics’ most important decision will be to either trade Tatum or lock him up long term. If they choose the latter, Hayward is as good as gone at the end of the 2020-21 season. If they trade him away, they are likely stockpiling a great summer in 2021 (with re-signing Hayward as the backup plan). Additionally, the Celtics played their contracts perfectly. Next summer is expected to be a weaker free-agent class, so the Celtics were able to give Jaylen the bag knowing they wouldn’t need it.

4. The kids will have a chance to play a lot

This agreement is a clear sign the Celtics won’t be bringing in too many new players for the following years and will likely be relying on young guys to play important bench roles. Expect guys like Carsen Edwards, Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, and MAYBE Tacko Fall to get significant playing time.

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This extension was a big deal, and it was the first domino to fall. Prepare for more to tumble next summer.

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