The day is July 13 and Jaylen Brown still has yet to ink a long-term contract extension with the Boston Celtics. Brown’s future was thought to be one of the team’s top priorities heading into the summer, but the deal has yet to do get done.
President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens shared an update with reporters during a press gaggle in Las Vegas Wednesday.
“I can’t really talk about it but it’s been all good discussion,” Stevens said, per MassLive’s Brian Robb. “We want Jaylen to be here for a long, long time, and we’ve made that clear. We’re looking forward to all sitting down and we have time here. I probably shouldn’t say anything else, but I feel optimistic.”
Most fans would agree with the sentiment of Stevens. Keeping Brown in green should be something that the Celtics want. At this point, it’s just become strange that a deal hasn’t been agreed upon.
Brown has technically been eligible for a five year, $295 million supermax contract extension since July 1.
The 26-year-old forward was named to the All-NBA third-team last season, after averaging 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Brown had the most efficient year of his career, shooting 49.1% from the field. From distance, his percentage dipped down a bit to just 33.5%, compared to 35.8% the year prior.
What does the lack-of extension for Jaylen Brown mean for the Boston Celtics
Again, this was a move that seemed like a July 1 no-brainer. What’s the hold up? Over the past 12 days there’s been plenty of speculation that the front office is weighing the option of trading the star forward in a package for Damian Lillard.
Boston would be unable to trade Brown for one year if they were to secure him to a contract extension this summer.
The other wrinkle to this could just be that the two sides aren’t in a rush. Brown has been spotted all over so far this summer, spending some time in Paris, the Hamptons, and now Las Vegas. Maybe he’s just enjoying his time off, who really knows?
Multiple reports have indicated that the two sides are expected to agree on a deal soon.
For more on Brown’s future, watch the recent episode of the How ‘Bout them Celtics podcast where CelticsBlog’s Jack Simone and I break it down.