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Jaylen Brown's contract extension may not be out of line

The first reaction to Jaylen Brown's 4-year/$115 million contract extension might be that the Celtics paid too much. A closer look reveals it may not be out of line.


It turns out that Brown's contract contains a number of incentives which bring the 4-year total down to roughly $103 million. The Raptors' Pascal Siacam just received a 4-year/$130 million max deal, while the Pacers Domantas Sabonis was granted a 4-year/$77 million contract. It can be argued that Jaylen's value falls somewhere between that of Raptors Champion Siacam who averged 19 points and 7 rebounds per game in last season's playoffs - and that of Sabonis.



Danny Ainge went against what he normally does with rookie contract extensions - meaning he granted one. Danny doesn't let ownership's money fly out of the coffers, so this is an indicator that he believes in Brown's ability to achieve a higher ceiling than he has displayed thus far. The "Poison Pill Provision" involved here means that a trade of Brown would be a sticky proposition, at least until the extension kicks in. So it appears Jaylen won't be traded prior to the deadline.


Another reason for the unusual-extension move was the fact that Ainge wants no nonsense this season. He had enough of that in the 2018-19 flop-of-a-campaign. Danny wanted this deal done. Is Brown worth what he received? This season will answer that. Old friend, Isaiah Thomas is cheering for him. So are most fans.

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