The Celtics just lost to the Heat in heartbreaking fashion in the Eastern Conference Finals. They came all the way back from 3-0 and had a chance to make history on their home floor, but they came out flat in Game 7, and their superstar duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown didn’t show up. Now, they have a decision to make.
Jaylen Brown has one year left on his contract and is eligible for a super-max contract extension after making an All-NBA team this season. If exercised, that will pay him nearly $300 million over five seasons. Brown’s a star player, and perhaps even a superstar, but that might be a little too rich for a player of his caliber, especially given the Celtics’ failure to get over the hump with this current group. Handing him that much money will only make it more difficult for the Tatum and Brown tandem to win a championship, so while it’s still likely he remains in Boston, internal conversations must be had about what might be the best course of action.
If the Celtics find themselves hesitant to give him that kind of deal, a trade is a legitimate possibility, and the early betting markets have pegged the Hawks as the most likely landing spot.
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