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Celtics' Jaylen Brown gets paid ... Is Jayson Tatum next?

Celtics' Jaylen Brown gets paid ... Is Jayson Tatum next?

BOSTON -- Wow!

We all knew that Jaylen Brown was going to get paid, but reportedly $115 million over four years?

It’s a huge investment on the Celtics’ part, for sure. 

And it provides Brown with the kind of generational wealth that NBA players covet.

But more than the money, it sends a clear and undeniable signal to Jayson Tatum who will be in line for a contract extension at the start of next season. 

And that message? 

You’re next. 

Brown’s monster contract will be joined a year from now by Tatum’s deal which gives Boston a dynamic tandem who will both be 23 years old or younger and have already been through the kind of postseason wars and battles that few players so young have had to fight.

And in the case of Brown, he has shown himself to be at his best in the postseason. Tatum has had some of his strongest moments as an NBA player in the playoffs, too. 

It’ll take fans a minute to get over the sticker shock of Brown’s deal because it was for more money than most had imagined. 

But make no mistake about it. 

This deal was about more than rewarding Brown for his play thus far and potential going forward with the Celtics. 

The Celtics are loading up for a future fueled by Brown and Tatum. 

Brown’s payday has arrived. 

Tatum?

That Brinks truck will be pulling up for you a year from now, young fella.

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Celtics' Marcus Smart (ankle) probable for Wednesday game vs. Clippers

Celtics' Marcus Smart (ankle) probable for Wednesday game vs. Clippers

Marcus Smart is listed as probable for the Celtics' Wednesday night game in against the Clippers in Los Angeles after the guard had to leave the Monday night win in Phoenix with a scary-looking ankle sprain. 

Smart vowed after the game Monday that he would play against the Clippers even after being helped off the court when he was injured in the fourth quarter.

Smart appeared to be moving well on the ankle Tuesday, according to Celtics.com's Marc D'Amico.

Gordon Hayward, recovering from the fractured bone in his hand and expected back around Christmas, is out for the Celtics. 

The Celtics (11-2) sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. Following an opening night loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston won its next 10 before losing to the Sacramento Kings by one point on Sunday and bounced back with the 99-85 victory in Phoenix on Monday night. 

They'll take on the Clippers on Wednesday and Denver Nuggets on Friday to complete their Western trip before returning home to face the Kings and Brooklyn Nets next week. 

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Clippers, which tips off Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.  

 

Shoulder injury casts doubt on Kyrie Irving playing against Celtics next week

Shoulder injury casts doubt on Kyrie Irving playing against Celtics next week

Brooklyn Nets point guard, and former Celtic, Kyrie Irving may not play against Boston next week -- shocker, right?

The 27-year-old already has been ruled out for the Nets matchup Wednesday with the Charlotte Hornets with a shoulder impingement. It'll be the third game in a row he's missed and the Nets are 1-1 without him. 

Irving has only eight days to recover from the injury before a highly-anticipated return to TD Garden on Thanksgiving Eve. If he misses the remainder of the Nets' games this week, it's more than likely he won't play in Boston -- especially considering he'll be in for a rather unfriendly reception from C's fans.

He certainly didn't leave Boston on a high note after first committing to re-sign with the Celtics, then backing off that in what became a disappointing season where his leadership was questioned and he had well-publicized differences with his younger teammates. That led to his eventual free-agent departure to Brooklyn to join his friend Kevin Durant, who is out for the season after tearing his Achilles in the NBA Finals with Golden State. It appears there are leadership questions in Brooklyn, too, after reports of his "mood swings" irritating Nets' officials. 

Nonetheless, through 11 games, Irving is averaging 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists. If he does end up playing against the Celtics, his reception, and how he performs against his old teammates, will be interesting to watch. 

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Clippers, which tips off Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.