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Kristaps Porzingis is a Celtic for next season, which may be the most important season of them all. But is he looking to stay here beyond that? Are the Celtics looking to keep him?

Porzingis is locked in for next season at a price tag of about $36 million. And 2023-24 is surely of paramount importance, in particular, because of Jaylen Brown’s uncertain future. But for Porzingis, personally, it seems like the 27-year-old former All-Star is interested in calling Boston home for a while.

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NBA insider Marc Stein reported last week on his Substack that the Celtics are expected to offer Porzingis a two-year extension worth up to $77 million. On top of that, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported that the big man’s camp did, in fact, express to the Celtics a “desire to be in Boston long term.”

Question now is, what is the endgame for either side? Is Porzingis actually ready to accept that two-year extension, or does he want more term?

Kristaps Porzingis of the Washington Wizards shoots a free throw against the Chicago Bulls. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Kristaps Porzingis (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

This could turn into a tricky situation for Celtics President of Basketball Ops Brad Stevens. It could make life easier if Porzingis does take the two-year extension, especially if they can also fit in a supermax for Jaylen Brown, which would give the Celtics a nice little three-year window with their new “Big 3.”

But until Brown does sign that five-year megadeal, and also prove that he truly wants to stay in Boston for the duration of the contract, then the Celtics’ long-term outlook is a little up in the air. If Brown isn’t long for the Celtics and Porzingis isn’t signed beyond the next couple of years, Stevens could be looking at a best-case scenario of starting over with Jayson Tatum and figuring out his other core pieces around him, within the next 2-3 years.

  • Dec 17, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Washington Wizards center Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers guard Luke Kennard (5) and guard Terance Mann (14) during the second half at Arena. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

  • Porzingis can make things more difficult for the Celtics if he tells Stevens he wants to play the rest of his career in Boston, or that he wants an extension of three or four years. That may be over-the-top for Porzingis to make that move, though, because of his injury history.

    Despite still being just 27 years old, Porzingis may not last long into his 30s with the way injuries have broken him down over the course of his career. Certainly not at a high level or big minutes. Porzingis has averaged only 50.3 games per season over his eight in the NBA, including when he missed the entire 2018-19 campaign due to a torn ACL.

  • Kristaps Porzingis of the Washington Wizards dunks against the Boston Celtics during a game. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    Kristaps Porzingis (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

  • It’s just unclear at this point what Porzingis or his camp mean by “long term.” If that means just making it a three-year run for him in Boston and that’s that, then a lot of possible questions would be answered, problems would be solved.

    The Celtics can’t even extend Porzingis until next Thursday, July 6. In sports negotiating terms, that should be more than enough time to iron that out. It just remains to be seen exactly how committed the Celtics are to Porzingis, or even Brown, and what the team may look like beyond next season.

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