Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed to a supermax contract that is five-years and worth $304 million. On Tuesday’s Felger and Mazz, the guys gave their thoughts on the extension for Brown.
Is Brown worth the deal?
Felger: I’ll start with my feelings on this…..if I were a Celtics fan, and I feel it already, it’s something short of pure jubilation, satisfaction, whatever….
Felger: Right. I’m sure there’s a portion of Jaylen Brown fans out there, and Celtics fans, and they’re like, “yes, this got done”. I’m sure there’s a portion of you out there who feel that way. I do not feel that that’s the way the majority of fans or observers feel about this. I think there’s a lot of trepidation on all sides of it. Primarily because just because he signed the deal, I don’t think it really solidifies his long term status all that much.
Mazz: Because it doesn’t. So my personal opinion is that this deal had less to do with Jaylen Brown’s future in Boston and more to do with who gets the leverage when he leaves. That’s how I feel about the whole thing. I feel that that’s what the negotiation was about. The money is the money. Where’s the gray area? And so the thing was hung up on fifth year options and trade kickers, which means who gets to call the shot when I leave? That’s what the whole thing was about. I did more thinking about this since last week because I lost my mind over the negotiation because it should not be this hard. And look, Jaylen Brown can ask for whatever he wants to ask for, but the way the NBA CBA is structured he’s getting the biggest contract in the history of the league. These supermax guys are unicorns. So by definition they get paid more than anybody else. You don’t get a fifth year option and you don’t get a trade kicker! If you want the supermax and if we want to give it to you, you’ve sacrificed everything else. That’s the trade! But now, look, he ended up getting a little something out of it. He got a trade kicker. Good for him. The Celtics gave it to him. But it gives them actually better options at the end than if they’d given him an option.