Jayson Tatum to Receive Max Extension from Celtics Following Season
At just 22 years of age, Jayson Tatum has elevated his game to an All-Star level this season.
In fact, at one point during the season, his name was in conversation with some of the best players in the Eastern Conference. Now, as Tatum becomes eligible to sign an extension this offseason, the Boston Celtics appear to be prepared to make a max offer to their star forward.
“If Jayson Tatum is the superstar that they envisioned,” said ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on SportsCenter. “When they began this whole rebuilding process when they traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for all of those draft picks hoping to land a player like this, we could see ‘Glory Days’ for the Celtics again. But it’s very much up in the air, and I’m gonna tell ya, they’re gonna have to pay him like it because after this season ends, he is going to get most likely a max contract. They’re going to bet that he becomes that player.”
The Celtics have already locked up Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown to long term deals. Meanwhile, Tatum is set to earn $9.9-million next season on his rookie deal. The former Duke Blue Devil has averaged 23.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 40-percent from long range.
With Gordon Hayward expected to opt-in to his $30-million play option, the Celtics will be strapped up under the cap.