According to NBA expert Bobby Marks of ESPN, the standout player for the Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum, may be eligible for a contract extension of $338 million the following summer.
During the offseason, the Celtics and Jaylen Brown came to terms on a supermax agreement that was worth a total of $304 million over five years.
Tatum is widely regarded as one of the most talented players in the NBA. During the previous season, he played in 74 games and finished with 30.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and a shooting percentage of 46.6% from the field, 35.0% from beyond the arc, and 85.4% from the free throw line.
Tatum, who is now 25 years old and plays for the Celtics, has been selected for inclusion on three All-NBA teams and four All-Star teams. The player who came out of Duke has played 439 games for Boston and has compiled career averages of 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
The Eastern Conference Finals of the 2023 NBA season were played across seven games, all of which were won by the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics. Since the Celtics selected Tatum with the third overall pick in the 2017 draft, the team has never missed a postseason appearance since then. The Celtics were able to advance all the way to the NBA Finals in 2022, but ultimately fell short against the Golden State Warriors.
Keith Smith of Spartak was told by an unnamed member of the Boston Celtics that the organization made the moves this summer to “become a different kind of team” by trading Marcus Smart and Grant Williams to the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks, respectively, and by acquiring Kristaps Porzingis from the Washington Wizards.
“We’re going to miss Marcus,” a member of the Celtics who wished to remain nameless remarked. “Grant is someone who we are going to miss. However, we needed to transform into a very different kind of team. Obtaining KP is a major accomplishment for us. Both in a literal and symbolic sense. Our offense is going to notice a significant improvement as a direct result of his contributions. And in terms of his defense, he’s made a lot of progress as well.”
On paper, a big three consisting of Porzingis, Brown, and Tatum looks like a formidable combination, but games are won in the paint. The fact that Porzingis can create space on the court with his shooting should make it easier for Tatum and Brown to find open driving lanes in the upcoming season. When Porzingis moves beyond the 3-point line, his defender will follow him, which will make extra space in the paint for Tatum and Brown to operate in.