In a historic deal, Boston Celtics’ star Jaylen Brown has secured the richest contract in NBA history. According to his agent, Jason Glushon, Brown has agreed to a five-year supermax extension worth an astounding $303.7 million. This monumental contract solidifies Brown’s position with the Celtics until the 2028-29 season.
The negotiations between Brown and the Celtics management and ownership concluded on Sunday evening in Boston. With this deal, the 26-year-old two-time All-Star will surpass the previous record set by Nikola Jokic’s $276 million extension with the Denver Nuggets. The increase in salary cap and league revenue contributed to Brown’s unprecedented deal.
Brown’s eligibility for the five-year supermax extension came after earning second-team All-NBA honors during the 2022-23 season. Alongside teammate Jayson Tatum, who will be eligible for a supermax extension next summer, Brown forms one of the NBA’s most formidable duos, making them vital components of the Celtics’ championship aspirations.
Last season, Jaylen Brown delivered career-best performances, averaging 26.6 points and shooting at an impressive 49%. His final year under the previous deal will see him earn $31.8 million. Subsequently, his earnings will rise to $52.3 million in the 2024-25 season, and a staggering $69.1 million in the contract’s final year, 2028-29. However, due to signing an extension, Brown will not be eligible for a no-trade clause.
In the 2022-23 season, Tatum and Brown combined their skills to score an impressive 56.7 points per game, the fourth-highest by a duo since the 1976-77 merger. Their remarkable performances were highlighted by both players achieving 30 points in 10 games, a feat only previously accomplished by Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in the last 30 seasons. Brown showcased his growth as a shot creator, with 54% of his made shots being unassisted and achieving a career-high 1.15 points per direct drive, as reported by Second Spectrum.
Throughout his seven NBA seasons, the Celtics have consistently made it to the playoffs, with Jaylen Brown playing a crucial role in their journey to the NBA Finals in 2022 and three Eastern Conference finals trips. In 2016, the Celtics drafted the former UC-Berkeley star as the third overall pick.
Beyond the court, Brown is known for his entrepreneurial ventures, passion for fashion, and his role as a mentor for countless youngsters. Additionally, he actively engages in philanthropy work, contributing to the betterment of Boston and communities worldwide. Currently, Brown serves as the vice president of the National Basketball Players Association.
Off-court success is equally significant to Brown, as demonstrated by his attendance at Paris Fashion Week and participation in Variety’s Sports and Entertainment Summit. His commitment to empowering youth of color is evident through his 7uice Foundation, establishing partnerships to provide equal education and leadership opportunities. Presently, Brown is hosting the third annual Bridge Program in Boston for 100 public school students and plans to mentor over 200 local students in Kenya during the offseason. Notably, Brown was among 20 NBA players who participated in the NBPA’s “The Sanctuary,” a performance retreat held in Andalucía, Spain.
With Jaylen Brown’s record-breaking contract, the Boston Celtics secure a cornerstone player, and fans eagerly anticipate witnessing his continued success on and off the court.
Source : ESPN
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