It finally happened. Jaylen Brown agreed to a five-year, $304 million contract extension to remain with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
“Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown has agreed to a five-year, $304 million supermax contract extension with the franchise, per sources,” The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported in a tweet. “This is the richest deal in NBA history, negotiated by agent Jason Glushon.”
Brown’s new extension is no surprise, as he and the Celtics have been working on a deal for weeks. However, the specifics of the contract do raise some eyebrows.
The 26-year-old’s new deal is worth $304 million — the most Boston could’ve possibly offered and the richest in NBA history. It also includes perks for both sides. Brown is entitled to a trade kicker, which means that the Cs will have to pay him a trade bonus worth up to 15% of his yearly salary, should they decide to include him in a swap.
As for the Celtics, they get the benefit of No. 7’s contract being void of a player option in the final season. This aspect provides the team with a bit more certainty that Brown will be around for a while, instead of being able to jump ship a year early.
What does Jaylen Brown’s extension with the Boston Celtics mean?
Well, it means he likely isn’t going anywhere, which isn’t always the case with contracts in the NBA.
For starters, the Boston Celtics aren’t allowed to trade Brown away until next summer. The aforementioned trade kicker further decreases the likelihood of the All-NBA wing’s inclusion in any deal. That — along with the lack of a player-option –certainly makes it seem as if he’d like to be a part of the organization for years to come.
Hopefully, the agreement also means sustained success for the Celtics, who have only failed to advance past the opening round of the playoffs once in Brown’s career.
Plus, Brown has filled his role as a key contributor in the past few seasons quite well, to say the very least. He’s been named to two NBA All-Star teams in the last three years, averaging 25.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 48.3% from the field and 36.1% from distance, since the 2020-21 season.