After making several moves this offseason, the Boston Celtics have given Payton Pritchard an extension. Heading into the offseason, the former Oregon product was unhappy with his role in Boston. The extension was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.
The two sides have agreed on a four-year and $30 Million, fully guaranteed deal.
Last season, it seemed like Pritchard was in the dog house. He played a career-low 13.4 minutes last season and was behind Malcolm Brogdon, Derrick White and Marcus Smart on the depth chart. He could see a small increase in the 2023-24 season but will be enough to make him happy? He’ll still be behind Jrue Holiday and White.
Since he entered the league, Pritchard has shot 42.6% on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers. One of the best marks in the NBA. If the Celtics play him, that shooting is going to be valuable. Especially for a team that is tied for the best odds to win the NBA Championship.
The $8 Million a year that Payton Pritchard will be making is a fair price for an extension. It provides some security while also allowing Pritchard to breakout and reach his full potential. Many have wondered if the Celtics are wasting the talent that Pritchard brings with a limited role.
He has shown on many occasions that he is capable of more than just a reserve role. Frequently feasting at the end of games or when a regular rotation player misses time, posting a 30-point triple-double in the final game of the regular season. Regardless, the deal is great for both sides. It’s a good number for the Celtics with Cap continuing to rise. For Pritchard, he’ll be able to prove what he’s actually worth.
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