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Three Celtics starters have bargain contracts this season


You know who they are. Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis will all be starters at many points in the upcoming season, and their contracts are real bargains in today's NBA. Their total salaries add up to $30.8 million for this year. Think of that!.Theis is relatively poverty-stricken, earning a mere $5M for the season, while Smart will pick up $12.9M and Brown"s $22.9M, despite the "overpaid" screams from his critics, now looks like a steal.

Many Celtics fans feel that there is little "talent-gap" between Jaylen and his Jay Team partner, Jayson Tatum. Yet Tatum is set to earn roughly that 3-man total (30.4M) in the second year (2022-23) of his contract extension. 

There is little doubt that Marcus will be looking for a raise, as he is slated to make $13.8M for the final season (2021-22) of his present deal, and Daniel will be a free agent next season barring the expected moves from the Celtics to retain him. 

If newly-acquired Tristan Thompson or one of the rookies were to start alongside Smart, Jaylen, Jayson and Theis, the combined salaries of the quintet would total less than $50 million per year. Sounds like intelligent money management from Celtics boss, Danny Ainge.



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