We are now a few days removed from the signing of Jaylen Brown’s new contract. Which by now we all know that it is the largest contract in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Boston Celtics and Jaylen Brown agreed to a five-year, $304 million deal.
Brown has been a rising star in the NBA over the past four seasons. He’s averaged 20 points since the start of the 2019-20 season. Though, based on his playoff resume… he hasn’t quite earned this big of a deal.
As we’ve seen across the Sports Industry, player contracts are starting to get higher with no signs of slow down. With the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NBA revenue is growing which will result in both a salary cap increase and bigger contacts. Team and League Governers won’t hold the power over players like they used to, but teams will be able to keep their star players.
On paper, re-signing Brown was the right thing to do. Boston has championship aspirations heading into next season and Brown is a player that can contribute in many ways. Not only is he a scoring threat, but a threat to get inside and grab rebounds. Even if those playoff struggles continue to happen. Keeping the 2-Time All-Star and signing him to the extension now is smart. Especially, when Jayson Tatum will be due for an extension next season.
Before Jaylen Brown’s contract extension, his name had been in trade talks. More so, before the Celtics added Kristaps Porzingis. In trading Brown, the Celtics would have saved money to renew Tatum’s extension. Though, that most certainly would have depleted the team chemistry. Which might have led to Tatum wanting out. So, it’s a good thing that Brad Stevens didn’t trade Brown.
When the deal first happened, I was in utter disbelief. I was thinking to myself “theres no way a player just earned that much money. I admitted that he might have been overpaid. Looking back, he’s actually not. With contracts set to continue getting higher, this was the right deal. So, to answer the question… Jaylen Brown’s new contract extension wasn’t a bad move by the Celtics’ Front Office. It’s not a bad contract, just the first we’ve seen this large.
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