It appears the rumors of Celtics forward Jaylen Brown getting a long-term extension before the start of the 2019-20 season can be put to rest.
Sean Deveney of Heavy.com stated that according to a league source “the chance is pretty slim” that Brown receives an offer before the October 21st deadline. This follows the sentiments of league officials who also believe a contract extension isn’t imminent for Brown.
This isn’t uncharted territory for the Celtics, as the top brass have routinely done this with stars in the past. Deveney mentioned former Celtics big men Jared Sullinger & Kelly Olynyk, who also played through their fourth year without an extension. Marcus Smart was another player who’s contract extension talks dragged right into the summer following the 2017-18 season.
It’ll be interesting to see where Danny Ainge goes with this. Jaylen Brown has shown he’s got a high ceiling that’s yet to be reached yet. Brown has work to do to get paid like his 2016 NBA Draft counterparts Ben Simmons & Jamal Murray. He’s going to have to show up like he did in his sophomore season where he averaged 14.5 PTS, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals a night behind 39.5 percent shooting from three-point range.