After weeks of speculation and reports of some hurdles in negotiations, the Boston Celtics and Jaylen Brown have agreed to a contract that makes him the richest player in NBA history.
Over the last seven seasons, Jaylen Brown has put in the work and effort to develop himself into a legitimate elite-level talent in the league. While earning his second trip to the All-Star game in 2022-2023, the 26-year-old also secured a spot on an All-NBA team. Which pushed him into a unique category to land a supermax deal this offseason.
Well, after weeks of negotiations following the team’s elimination in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics and Jaylen Brown have reportedly agreed to a landmark deal on Tuesday. The Athletic’s NBA insider Shams Charania was the first to report the news of the talented guard landing a five-year, supermax contract extension worth $304 million. It is reportedly “the richest deal in NBA history.”
Boston Celtics record (’22-’23): 57-25
It was a deal that had to happen if the organization hopes to maintain its impressive run of success over the last eight seasons for many more years ahead. Brown has become one of the best players at his position in the league and is one of the few superstar-level talents that is also a top competitor on the defensive side of the ball.
The contract also puts to rest any talk that Jaylen Brown may be looking for his exit from the Boston Celtics and has soured on the franchise and city over to high expectations for the team due to their recent success.
- Jaylen Brown stats (’22-’23): 26.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 34% 3PT
While this contract is historic for the franchise, it will likely soon get passed when the team signs top star Jayson Tatum to a supermax deal in the next year. Brown’s annual average of $60.8 million is now the highest in the league, far surpassing Stephen Curry and the $51 million he is set to make in 2023-2024.