A report last week indicated that the Celtics are unlikely to sign Jaylen Brown to a rookie scale extension before the 2019/20 season begins, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try. Brown confirmed to Brian Robb of Boston Sports Journal that the club recently reached out to begin discussions.
Brown, who would be on track for restricted free agency next summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal by October 21, said on Media Day that he’s not putting much thought into the possibility of an extension. He reiterated that lack of urgency in his comments to Robb.
“I’ve been able to watch these guys for three years,” Brown told Boston Sports Journal. “They have their process. They like to take their time. There is no rush at all. I don’t know if they feel rushed. I hope they don’t. There is no rush. They will figure it out or not figure it out. Either way is fine with me.”
While Brown appears to be taking a casual approach to negotiations, he may have to get more involved in those talks than most players would, since he doesn’t have an agent of his own. It’s not clear if the 22-year-old swingman intends to change that. He told Robb that he likes his current situation, but a league source recently informed Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe that Brown appears likely to hire representation before signing his next contract.
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So far this offseason, three rookie scale extensions have been completed. Jamal Murray and Ben Simmons signed maximum-salary deals projected to be worth at least $168MM over five years. Caris LeVert, meanwhile, signed a three-year, $52MM extension with Brooklyn.
Finding a compromise somewhere in between those figures might be a challenge for Brown and the Celtics, particularly since the C’s haven’t been overly aggressive in recent years in their efforts to lock up extension-eligible players prior to restricted free agency.