Boston Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown has evolved into an integral component of the team’s current nucleus, despite grappling with persistent trade rumors that once cast doubt on his role. Nevertheless, during the recent offseason, the Celtics’ front office dispelled any uncertainties by extending to Brown the most lucrative contract in NBA history.
As the Celtics’ longest-serving player, Brown is now poised to earn a staggering $304 million over the course of five years. While meeting the expectations associated with this substantial contract won’t be a walk in the park, Brown exudes confidence and readiness for the challenge, as stated in an interview with AP Sports.
“I’m feeling fantastic, confident, and well-prepared to have a highly successful year,” Brown expressed. “I’ve invested substantial effort in creating opportunities, facilitating plays, and orchestrating our offense. I’ve honed my ability to read and understand the game, striving to become an all-around better basketball player. I can hardly wait to showcase my progress this season.”
In the previous season, the soon-to-be 27-year-old delivered an outstanding performance, recording a career-high average of 26.6 points per game and securing his second All-Star selection. Regrettably, the memory of his phenomenal season was marred by a subpar performance in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.
Despite the occasional rumors of a potential trade for Damian Lillard, the Celtics reaffirmed their unwavering faith in Jaylen Brown during the summer. With this new contract, there is no doubt that Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens envisions Brown as a cornerstone of the franchise’s pursuit of their 18th championship banner.
Accompanying Brown on the team are fellow stars Jayson Tatum, Jrue Holiday, and Kristaps Porziņģis. Together, the revamped Celtics roster boasts an imposing starting five, with Brown’s playmaking abilities expected to elevate the team to new heights.
Daniel Donabedian, a ClutchPoints beat reporter covering the Boston Celtics, has previously covered Villanova men’s basketball and Big East basketball.