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Jaylen Brown plans to stay with the Celtics for a while after signing an NBA-record supermax contract extension worth up to $304 million over five years.
But the numbers behind his deal have caused some people to question the move. Eight-time All-Star Rick Barry is also among the skeptics.
“I mean look at some of the contracts they have,” Barry said during an interview with Joy D’Angela. “Even, you know, like Brown. [$304 million?] I just can’t believe it. His playoff average for them is 18.5 points per game and he will earn $69 million in the last year of his contract. 18.5 points per game is seriously nothing to pay someone that much money.”
The Celtics decided to change their core this season break after failing to make the NBA Finals.
They retained Brown and Jayson Tatum, who have been one of the NBA’s most successful duos in recent seasons. They also traded Marcus Smart for Kristaps Porzingis and draft picks.
While Brown has helped the Celtics reach four of the last six Eastern Conference Finals, he recorded eight turnovers, a career-high, in a Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat that ended Boston’s season that year.
“He’s a nice player, I really like him but man he needs to improve his game. He flips the ball too often, he tries to force things and so does his teammate Tatum. That’s one of the reasons they lost to the Warriors two seasons ago. They make too many sales.”
Overall, last season was arguably Brown’s best in a Boston jersey. He had career-high points per game, rebounds and field goal percentage while achieving career-high assists. Sales were also a highlight of his career for him.
The all-star forward nonetheless remains an important part of the Celtics’ future plans.
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