What is Jaylen Brown thinking lately?
The contract extension situation involving Jaylen Brown has been the main focus for the Boston Celtics this summer.
After being named to the All-NBA Third Team last season, Brown became eligible for a potentially lucrative extension worth up to 35% of the team’s salary cap.
Fans were thrilled with the idea of keeping Brown on the team for several more seasons.
However, contract discussions have hit a roadblock, leaving the 26-year-old without an extension even though the negotiating period opened weeks ago.
Brown recently spoke publicly about his situation for the first time since becoming eligible for a supermax contract extension on July 1.
In an interview with ABC News’ Lindsay Davis on July 20, he discussed the community work of his foundation, the 7uice Foundation, in Boston Schools. Brown also shared his perspective on the organization and his aspirations for the upcoming season.
He expressed his excitement about the opportunities ahead and acknowledged the need for personal growth and improvement. Brown emphasized the privilege of being part of a successful team and expressed his desire to reunite with his teammates and make another playoff run.
“I just see opportunity. A lot to learn — a lot to improve on,” Brown said. “You can’t take for granted the opportunities that you get. It’s a privilege to be in a winning organization with a winning team, so it’ll be great to bring back the guys and try to go on another run.”
Brown, a Boston Celtics player, has spent his entire seven-year NBA career with the team.
The Celtics have had consistent success during this time, making it to the playoffs in all seven seasons. They have reached the Eastern Conference Finals five times and even made an appearance in the NBA Finals. Brown has played a significant role in the team’s recent achievements, earning him two NBA All-Star selections in the past three seasons. He has been putting up impressive numbers, averaging 25.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game since the 2020-21 season. Additionally, he has been efficient in shooting, with a 48.3% field goal percentage and 36.1% from three-point range.
It would be absurd to let Brown, who has proven his worth, enter free agency next summer. He deserves the lucrative contract he is eligible for and should be a long-term asset for the Celtics. However, there is uncertainty due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which punishes teams for overspending.
The Celtics must consider if signing Brown to a lucrative contract will restrict their future financial flexibility.
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