Jaylen Brown is getting paid in a big way.
Brown and the Boston Celtics have agreed to a four-year, $115 million contract extension ahead of the start of the 2019-2020 season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday. That’s a massive contract for a player many questioned turning down $80 million. Apparently he knew he was worth more.
Brown, 22, averaged 13.0 points per game last season after averaging 14.5 the year before. He was set to be a restricted free agent after the season.
Brown is now being locked up by the Celtics and will be part of a core that will include Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum moving forward. Gordon Hayward also has an option for next season and could be part of the team the next two seasons.
The Boston Celtics have offered swingman Jaylen Brown a new contract that would pay him significantly more than he is making under his rookie deal, but the fourth-year guard feels he is worth more than what the team wants to pay him.
The Celtics recently offered Brown a four-year deal worth $80 million, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. Brown, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent following the season, turned it down.
Brown, 22, is pursuing a bigger offer than $20 million per year, believing he is in a prime position to become one of the top players on the restricted free agent market next summer. He is essentially gambling on himself, as his numbers were down a bit last season and he did not have the type of breakout year some predicted he would. Brown averaged 13.0 points per game after averaging 14.5 the year before, but he could have an opportunity to play a bigger role this season with Kyrie Irving out of the picture.
The Celtics will have the ability to match any offer Brown receives if he becomes a restricted free agent in July, though they just signed Kemba Walker to a max contract and may decide to offer Jayson Tatum a rookie-scale max extension next offseason. Tatum is under team control for two more seasons and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent in July 2021.
While it might make retaining their core more challenging, the Celtics are hoping both Brown and Tatum thrive this season with Irving having left in free agency. Many believe Irving’s style of play and personality stunted the growth of some of Boston’s young players, and Brown was among those who appeared to be pleased to see the star point guard go. Time will tell if that translates to an improvement in his game.
Kyrie Irving is no longer a Boston Celtic, and one of his former teammates seems to be enjoying that fact.
New Celtics big man Enes Kanter posted a picture to Instagram on Friday of several of the team’s fans clowning their former guard by taking Irving’s old jersey and covering his name with a piece of tape that read “Kanter” instead. Celtics wing Jaylen Brown then proceeded to ‘like’ Kanter’s post.
While this merely could have been a case of Brown being amused by the antics of Boston’s fans, he and Irving did not exactly have the greatest relationship during their two seasons together. For one, Brown called out Uncle Drew for finger-pointing during their struggles in January and also had to sacrifice the shot attempts that opened up when Irving was injured in the 2018 postseason.
With the six-time All-Star signing with the Atlantic Division rival Brooklyn Nets this summer, you can bet that both sides are going to be circling their first matchup on the calendar next season.
The Boston Celtics were reportedly willing to discuss their most talented young players in an Anthony Davis trade, but many limitations prevented the team from pushing ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in trade talks.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Celtics were willing to at least discuss the likes of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart with the New Orleans Pelicans. However, they were unwilling to give up as much as the Lakers ultimately did, nor did they have the high draft pick that helped the Lakers clinch the deal.
There had been reports that Tatum, at least, was off the table in trade talks. This disputes that, but it’s easy to wonder how eager the Celtics were to trade prized assets like Tatum and Brown with no guarantee that Davis would stay more than a year, plus Kyrie Irving’s uncertain future.
Jaylen Brown continues to be Giannis Antetokounmpo’s worst nightmare.
Brown dunked hard on the Milwaukee Bucks during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday. He got Antetokounmpo too as the Greek Freak raised up to try and block him.
This was more of the same from Brown, who threw down a big dunk on Giannis during Game 1 of the series, which the Boston Celtics won in a blowout. Brown dunked on Giannis that time by cutting to the basket and getting a feed. This time, he just went directly to the hoop himself and got the big bucket.
The former No. 3 overall pick is having a nice postseason for the Celtics, averaging 13.2 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting. It’s easy to boost the percentage when you’re just dunking on everyone.
No player in the NBA is better than Giannis Antetokounmpo at making opponents look bad at the rim, but the Milwaukee Bucks star was given a taste of his own medicine during Game 1 against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
With the Celtics looking to build upon a big lead early in the fourth quarter, Brown cut to the basket and was on the receiving end of a beautiful pass from Gordon Hayward. The only player with a chance to stop Brown from getting to the rim was Giannis, but Brown finished the dunk anyway. He then stared down The Greek Freak.
Antetokounmpo struggled from the jump against Boston, with Celtics big man Al Horford playing incredible defense against him. If that continues for the remainder of the series, it won’t matter how many of his patented acrobatic dunks Giannis can throw down. The Bucks need him at his best.
Jaylen Brown is having another solid season for the Boston Celtics and will continue to play a major role in the playoffs, and let’s just say one of his high school teachers could have never seen this coming.
During Game 1 of Boston’s series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, a tweet that Brown sent five years ago when he was 17 went viral. He wrote the tweet when he was still at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga., and apparently a teacher had just told him he’s going to end up in jail in five years.
It’s safe to say that prediction turned out to be wildly inaccurate.
Brown enjoyed great success at the University of California before becoming the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was one of the main reasons the Celtics reached the Eastern Conference Finals last year without Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward, and he is once again a key player for them this year.
We’re typically used to seeing old tweets from athletes dug up to make them look bad, but the one Brown sent five years ago has drawn strong reactions for a much different reason.
Jaylen Brown is not happy with Kyrie Irving over the point guard’s comments on Saturday.
Irving was frustrated with how the Celtics’ final play went in a 2-point loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. He was seen telling Gordon Hayward that Hayward made the wrong play. Then after the game, Irving was critical of the team’s young players, saying they don’t know what it takes to win a championship.
“The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team. What it takes every day. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we’re trying to get to the Finals?” Irving said. “There were no expectations last year. Everyone played free and easy. Everyone surpassed whatever they expected for themselves. This year? We all have high expectations. The players, the coaches, everyone. And that’s good, but we aren’t doing it yet. We can get there. We’ve got to be better. I’ve got to be better. We need to win these games on the road. That’s on me as a leader. I need to be a better leader and to help get us there.”
Irving tried to address things on Monday, saying he doesn’t want to call out his teammates in public. The damage was already done though. Jaylen Brown said after Boston’s loss to the Nets on Monday that the team can’t point fingers.
On the other hand, Jayson Tatum did not seem too bothered, saying Irving was being “brutally honest” and wasn’t picking on anyone specifically.
Here’s the thing: If Irving is going to say something like that, then he better back things up with MVP-level play. And rather than cower in response, the young players need to step up and prove Irving wrong.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris were separated during a confrontation in Thursday’s 115-99 loss to the Miami Heat.
The Boston Celtics played the Heat close the first 17 minutes of the game, but then Miami started to pull away halfway through the second quarter. It was around that time when Morris got frustrated with Brown for a seeming lack of effort and let him hear it during a timeout. Take a look at this video a fan captured:
According to a breakdown from NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg, Morris had clapped at Brown for being late getting back on defense, allowing the Heat an easy layup. Morris then voiced his frustration with Brown during the timeout, and Marcus Smart stepped in between to separate them.
The score was 35-32 at the time. Miami pulled ahead 61-43 before halftime. Brown was benched the rest of the half and did not re-enter until just before the end of the third quarter.
Morris is known for keeping things real, so it’s no surprise he said something to Brown about the poor effort.
Last year’s NBA All-Star Game was the most competitive we’ve seen in years, as Team LeBron edged Team Stephen, 148-145. Something about having the two stars pick their squads, playground-style, got the competitive juices flowing.
The entertaining showdown featured five first-time All-Stars (including four from the East): Joel Embiid, Victor Oladipo, Bradley Beal, Goran Dragic, and Karl-Anthony Towns. So, which players could make their first All-Star Game appearance this year? Here are 10 to look out for.
10. Brandon Ingram, Lakers
The Lakers may not win the West, but adding the best player alive practically guarantees they’ll be a top-tier team. As L.A. jockeys with the Warriors, Jazz, Rockets, and company, someone is going to have to step up to complement LeBron James. Ingram is your best bet to fill that role. The lanky Duke product made a big leap from year one to two, significantly elevating his per-game averages in points (9.4 to 16.1), rebounds (4.0 to 5.3), assists (2.1 to 3.9), and blocks (0.5 to 0.7), as well as his three-point shooting percentage (29 percent to 39 percent). Though rumors are swirling that Kevin Durant may opt to join LeBron in Hollywood in 2019, Ingram has an opportunity this year to prove the Lakers already have a Durant-type star.