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Jaylen is betting on himself that he can a breakout season in 2019-20 


With the news that the NBA cap number might decrease significantly due to strained relations with China, the thought crossed my mind that Jaylen Brown might go for the guaranteed boat load of cash now rather than risk losing some of that to pursue the brinks truck next summer. It appears Brown's being on himself.

As Marc Stein of the New York Times noted in his latest newsletter, the Celtics rarely issue extensions to their rookies, with Rajon Rondo being the last to receive one in 2009.

But even with history not on Brown’s side, the Celtics have extended the 6-foot-7 swingman an offer of four years and $80 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

But Brown believes in his ability to one day be a star and is pursuing a bigger offer, sources said. Next season the Celtics will have another major decision: figuring out if Jayson Tatum is worth the rookie-scale max.

Should the 22-year-old Brown go the restricted free-agency route, he could end up being one of the top players on the market in July. Whatever he decides to do, he seems content and at peace.

“It’s really not overwhelming me or ruling my thoughts,” he told the New York Times. “I know what type of talent I have. I’m confident in myself. I’m confident in my ability. It’s not something that’s keeping me up at night.”

My guess is that Brown will get at least an $80 million offer next summer. Of course the Celtics can match. Hoping it's not one with an out clause/player option. Sucked to see Al Horford use his this past summer and if Gordon Hayward has a bounce back season, expect him to exercise his out this season. Hate these out clauses. Just means that the only way the player honors every year of the contract is if they regress as a player and have become overpaid. But if they play well, well then they just rip up the final year(s) on their contract and fans have to go through free agency all over again with the potential of losing said player.

Hoping the Celtics can sign Brown to a contract that satisfies both parties, but with no option years/outs. Buddy Hield just turned down $90 mil for 4 years and is asking for $110 mil, so there is definitely incentive for the Celtics to sign Brown now rather than wait and see his price tag go up.

There's also the possibility that they decide to trade Brown before the deadline. Ainge likes to keep his options.


Related: Jaylen Brown hires a former Celtics' agent as he preps for contract negotiations

JR 10/16/2019 06:00:00 PM Edit
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