Jaylen Brown and the Celtics Agree to an NBA Record $304 Million Deal

The Boston Celtics have signed Jaylen Brown to a five-year, $304 million supermax contract extension, which is the highest deal in NBA history. The 26-year-old forward and his agent Jason Glushon met with the Celtics management for the weekend to discuss all the details, and the deal was officialized on Tuesday.

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What led to Brown’s record deal?

Jaylen Brown has been in Boston his entire career after the Celtics drafted him third overall at the 2016 NBA Draft. Last season, he made his second All-Star appearance, and more importantly, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team, which made him eligible for the five-year supermax extension with the Celtics.

Brown’s name was often on the trading block as the team saw Jayson Tatum as the cornerstone of the franchise, but the Celtics found a way to make them play excellently next to each other. Last season, Brown averaged 26.6 points per game which put him 9th in the league. He shot a solid 49.1% from the field and 33.5% from the three-point territory.

Brown scored over 30 points in three consecutive games of the opening Playoff round against the Atlanta Hawks. In the regular season, he scored over 40 three times and had his season-high 43 points in the 111-109 loss to the Houston Rockets.

The Celtics were eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat after making it to the NBA Finals in the 2021-22 season. Jaylen Brown has been one of the best players on the Celtics roster since he got in the league, and with this deal, the Celtics have shown that count on him long term.

Jayson Tatum, who was named to the All-NBA First team in the last two seasons, will become eligible for a supermax extension next season, and he is expected to sign an even bigger deal with the Celtics.

NBA All-Time Largest Deals

The NBA contracts are setting new records every year, and it is just a matter of time before someone else signs a deal worth over $300 million. Brown’s contract surpassed the $276 million deal the two-time MVP Nikola Jokic signed with the Denver Nuggets.

At the beginning of the free agency at the start of July, it was reported that Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, and Lamelo Ball had signed contract extensions with their teams for around $260 million.

Last year, Bradley Beal signed a five-year, $251 million contract extension which was picked up by the Phoenix Suns as Beal was traded to the team from Arizona earlier this year. Giannis Antetokounmpo set the record for the highest contract back in 2021, signing a five-year, $228 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Two former University of Kentucky players are next on the list of the NBA’s highest contracts. The Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and the Suns shooting guard Devin Booker have both signed $224 million contracts with their teams.

Domantas Sabonis is another All-Star player who signed a huge contract this off-season. After leading the league in rebounds last year, the Lithuanian power forward is staying with the Sacramento Kings on a five-year, $217 million contract.

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