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Jayson Tatum makes his feelings on Jaylen Brown very clear

Jayson Tatum puts his hand in the air

May 15, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates during the second half of their win over the Milwaukee Bucks in game seven of the second round of the 2022 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Jayson Tatum has made his feelings on Jaylen Brown very clear.

Brown has one more year left on his four-year, $106 million contract with the Boston Celtics. There has long been talk and rumors about his fit with Tatum and whether there is tension between the two players. But Tatum made clear after the team lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night that he wants the Celtics to keep Brown long-term.

“It’s extremely important,” Tatum said of signing Brown to an extension. “He’s one of the best players in the league.”

The core of Tatum and Brown has made the Celtics one of the top teams in the East the last several seasons. Since Tatum entered the league in 2017-2018, the Celtics have reached at least the conference finals four times, and made the NBA Finals last year. Brown was drafted a year earlier, and the team reached the conference finals that season too.

Though the Celtics haven’t broken through for a championship with those players yet, they have been close. Breaking that team up wouldn’t seem to make much sense.


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