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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Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Enes Kanter remains on top of his TikTok game.

The Boston Celtics center took a break from eating marshmallows off a treadmill to share his hysterical impression of teammate Tacko Fall.

Watch his latest masterpiece below:

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That's about as accurate as it gets.

As much as it seems Kanter is making the most of quarantine life, he's itching to get back onto the court. He recently expressed concern about the NBA season potentially getting cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which especially would be crushing since the C's are in the mix for a title.

You can hear more from Kanter in the latest episode of "The Enes Kanter Show" below:

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

A virtual game of HORSE? The NBA certainly is trying to get creative amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a HORSE competition involving "several high-profile players," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The competitors would take shots from their home gyms and have to match those of other players. 

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Will one of those "high-profile players" be former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce? It's possible, and he wants in on the competition.

The 10-time All-Star actually could make a splash in the competition -- he shot 44.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc in his 19-year NBA career. 

If the 42-year-old ends up competing in the competition, the only thing going against him would be his age. However, if he's anything like Tom Brady then he'll be just fine. 

With the NBA season on pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a HORSE competition could be pretty fun to watch.