Bears in the pros: Jaylen Brown's Supermax
The next round is on Jaylen
On Tuesday, another former Golden Bear got the brinks trunk backed up for them. Jaylen Brown has just signed the richest contract in NBA history to return to the Boston Celtics, on a 5 year, 304 million dollar deal according to Marc Spears. It’s a fully guaranteed deal with a trade kicker and no player option. In today’s NBA, you have to pay your stars regardless otherwise you obviously assume the risk of losing them (even with Boston being the only team that could offer Brown the supermax).
This breakdown from ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks sets the contract into perspective.
Brown will be the first NBA player to eclipse the 60 million dollar per year mark in the league, one that will likely get matched with players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the near future. The value of the richest contract in the NBA has doubled in the last seven years, with Mike Conley signing for 153 million dollars back in 2016.
In seven NBA seasons, Brown has averaged 18 points per game along with 5 rebounds per game on 47.7% shooting from the field and 36.5% from three. He has stepped up his game over the course of the last three seasons, peaking as the Celtics most consistent player in the 2022 NBA Finals. Boston fans will look for Brown to improve his handles, as he averaged his biggest amount of turnovers this season at 2.9 TPG. In the playoffs, weaknesses like that get amplified and have contributed to some costly miscues against the Warriors and this year against the Miami Heat. Despite that, it’s not hard to justify why Boston gave him this contract in the pursuit of their 18th championship alongside Jayson Tatum.
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