Celtics extend Payton Pritchard ahead of 2023-2024 season
It’s been a busy offseason for Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics’ front office. Stevens even had one more move up his sleeve before the team’s preseason opener on Sunday night.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojarowski, the Celtics and point guard Payton Pritchard have agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract extension. Prior to the extension, Pritchard was set to become a free agent at the end of the season with the expiration of his rookie contract.
Pritchard, 25, was drafted 26th overall by the Celtics in 2020. He’s appeared in 185 games in three years making nine starts. Last year saw his role diminish as he played a career-low 48 games. In 13.4 minutes per game, Pritchard averaged 5.6 points per game while shooting 41.2 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from three.
This season, Pritchard figures to be the third point guard again behind Derrick White and Jrue Holiday. His minutes still should increase this year with the departures of Malcolm Brogdon and Marcus Smart.
With this extension, Pritchard is now signed through the 2027-2028 season. Only Jaylen Brown, with his recent supermax extension, is signed for longer (Brown is under contract through the 2028-2029 season).
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Celtics unveil 2023 training camp roster
After months of big-fish hunting (successful big-fish hunting at that), Brad Stevens and the Celtics have their initial roster that’ll take the court in pursuit of the team’s 18th NBA championship.
For the Celtics, who came up just one win shy of dancing in the NBA Finals for the second year in a row, the offseason tinkering began with the addition of Kristaps Porzingis and ended with Sunday’s trade for Jrue Holiday.
The Celtics certainly had to part with some noteworthy assets — Marcus Smart, Malcolm Brogdon, and Robert Williams, as well as multiple first-round draft picks — to bring those talents to Boston. But if there’s anything to be learned from those moves, it’s that the Celtics are all about winning in the now. Especially in an East that’s reloaded with Dame Lillard’s move to Milwaukee, and with Miami still on the hunt for a big gun to team up with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
But before the Celtics can begin their quest for a title, it all starts in training camp and preseason, and with the Celtics looking for some more bench pieces and longshots to emerge as legitimate options for Joe Mazzulla’s squad.