By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
With Jaylen Brown on the verge of restricted free agency next summer, the Celtics have until October 21 to lock the former third overall pick up or risk exposing him to other teams.
But it doesn’t sound like any deal will come to fruition, at least according to one report.
According to Sean Deveney, who covers the NBA for Heavy.com, it seems unlikely the team and Brown will come to terms on a contract extension before the deadline. Those around the NBA reportedly believe that Brown will hit restricted free agency as well.
“According to a league source, ‘the chance is pretty slim’ that Brown signs a long-term deal with the team in the coming month,” Deveney wrote. “Around the league, the expectation is that Brown and the Celtics won’t come to a deal.”
Brown is almost certainly in for a big payday. Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray, both members of the same draft class, got max contracts from Philadelphia and Denver respectively this past summer. It’s unclear if Brown could command that type of deal, but it only takes one team to drive the price up.
Deveney suggested that Brown could be in line for a contract similar to Caris Levert, who agreed to a three-year, $52 million deal with the Nets.
“Brown averaged 13.0 points and 4.2 rebounds last season shooing 46.5 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from the 3-point line. That puts him in line with Levert’s numbers and, certainly, a deal in the $17-18 million per year range is reasonable,” Deveney wrote.
The Celtics have let a number of players they drafted and developed hit restricted free agency in recent years. Terry Rozier, Kelly Olynyk, and Jared Sullinger all departed via free agency while Marcus Smart explored the market and returned to Boston on a four-year, $52 million deal.
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