By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Celtics are entering potentially dangerous territory with 2016 first-round pick Jaylen Brown.
With the sides still looking for a landing spot on a new deal, and with a Monday deadline looming over the team, other NBA teams are “monitoring” the talks between the C’s and the fourth-year pro with plans of a possible summer 2020 offer sheet, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
As far as Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown and his extension talks are going, there’s one thing to keep in mind: several teams are monitoring how those discussions go, and whether they can make Boston and GM Danny Ainge pay with an offer sheet next summer, according to sources.
It doesn’t help that the Brown situation has been a hard one to read from the start, really.
Brown recently found new representation in his contract talks with the Celtics (he’s now repped by Al Horford’s agent), and reportedly turned down a four-year, $80 million contract offer from the Celtics with hopes of securing a bigger bag by betting on himself in 2019-20. But that report was refuted by Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge during his appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich program earlier this week.
“We are working to come to some result by Monday as our deadline, and the negotiations have gone well,” Ainge said. “It’s just not an accurate report, that’s all. … We’ve given him numerous offers. We’ve been negotiating for a little while.
“So, that’s all.”
Given the weaker free agent pool slated to hit the open market in 2020, as well as Brown’s potential ceiling, it’s not hard to imagine a team throwing some absurd money at the two-way wing. This is especially true should the 22-year-old deliver the goods and finally emerge as a legitimate foundational piece of the Celtics’ new-look, new-attitude roster.
But the Celtics have rarely pulled the trigger on rookie extensions before absolutely necessary, and Brown’s rather polarizing game should give them enough pause to wait and see on what Brown brings to the table without Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris, and Horford eating up some of the shots and minutes that limited Brown’s effectiveness in 2018-19.
There’s also comfort in knowing that Brown’s status as a restricted free agent means that Ainge and Co. will have the final say when it comes to matching any offer one of these ‘monitoring’ teams throws at Brown next summer.
Brown averaged 13 points and 4.2 rebounds per night in 74 appearances for the C’s last season.