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Celtics, Jaylen Brown have until this date to extend his rookie contract before season

Celtics, Jaylen Brown have until this date to extend his rookie contract before season

Lost in the excitement surrounding the release of the NBA's 2019-20 regular season schedule earlier this week was the deadline for teams to sign players who are eligible for rookie extensions, and it's an important date for the Boston Celtics. 

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, who Boston selected No. 3 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, is eligible for an extension as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. ESPN's Bobby Marks tweeted Monday that Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. ET is the deadline for Brown and other extension eligible players to finalize a new contract.

If Brown and the Celtics don't work out a deal before Oct. 16, they won't be able to finalize anything until after the 2019-20 season. Brown is able to become a restricted free agent next summer if he has no deal in place before the start of free agency. Boston, however, must extend Brown a qualifying offer for him to get RFA status. 

Brown told the Boston Sports Journal in July that he hadn't heard from the C's regarding a new contract. 

It might actually be in both parties' interest to wait until after the upcoming campaign to work out an extension.

For Brown, a stellar fourth season would increase his chances of maximizing his earnings potential. He didn't have a strong 2018-19 season, although he recovered nicely from a slow start and was one of Boston's better players after the All-Star break and in the NBA playoffs. The 22-year-old forward averaged 13 points and 4.2 rebounds on 46.5 percent shooting last year. Brown has shown flashes of stardom throughout his career, but he hasn't yet been able to play at, or near that level on a consistent basis. 

From the Celtics' perspective, it would behoove them to gather another year of statistics and observation of Brown before deciding if he's a player worth committing a ton of money going forward.

Only a couple of players from Brown's draft class have already signed extensions, including Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (No. 1 pick) and Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (No. 7 pick).

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One lesson each Celtics player can take away from World Cup

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One lesson each Celtics player can take away from World Cup

Team Shamrock’s FIBA adventures ended with a whimper Saturday as — under the cloak of East Coast darkness — three of the four Celtics on Team USA logged DNPs (eight points for Jaylen Brown) while the Americans claimed seventh place with an 87-74 win over Poland. Combine that with the fact that Daniel Theis got limited reps with Germany’s early exit and Daniel Poirier hasn’t played big minutes while backing up Rudy Gobert for France and the World Cup experience wasn’t quite as robust as it could have been for the six Celtics players involved.

Still, there were positives to pluck and experiences gained by everyone involved, not the least of which is that a third of Boston’s roster will show up to camp on Oct. 1 in game-ready shape. Still, regardless of Team USA’s medal-less finish and the limited reps for Theis and Poirier, there’s at least one item or lesson that every player can bring with them into the new season.

Celtics' Tacko Fall suffers mild knee sprain during workouts

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Celtics' Tacko Fall suffers mild knee sprain during workouts

Bad news: Tacko Fall reportedly suffered a knee injury during workouts.

Good news: It's a mild knee sprain and the 7-foot-7 Celtics phenom is only expected to miss about a week.

Fall suffered the injury after a collision going up for a block, according to Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

Breathe easy, C's fans. Tacko is going to be just fine.

The UCF product will be in a battle during camp for a spot on the Celtics' 15-man roster. Boston signed former Xavier forward Kaiser Gates last week to compete with Tacko for that spot.

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