Jaylen Brown and the Celtics have been talking rookie extension negotiations for weeks as we first reported here at BSJ earlier this month. Now, we have a better idea of what the starting range has been for the C's offer thus far after Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes reported on Wednesday that the swingman has turned down a four-year, $80 million offer from Boston.
Brown's new agent Jason Glushon and the front office have until Monday evening to hash out a deal ahead of the start of the season. Otherwise, Brown is likely to head into restricted free agency next summer, assuming he's not traded before then.
“To be honest, I haven’t put too much thought into it,” Brown said of the talks earlier this month. “I’m not losing any sleep over it. I think stuff like that will end up working itself out in the end or however. So I’m just focused on this season and playing basketball. I think that’s my number one emphasis, and let the chips fall where they may.”
Brown has looked sharp in the preseason, showing some improved passing vision and better shot selection throughout these contests while playing more of his minutes at power forward than in previous seasons, following a trend that started in Team USA. With most of his younger wing competition (i.e. Romeo Langford) failing to make much of an impact, Brown's value appears to be primed to only grow this season as he sees more opportunity in the starting five with a more consistent share of the scoring load.
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