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Jaylen Brown, Celtics haven't talked extension: 'The ball is in their court'

Jaylen Brown, Celtics haven't talked extension: 'The ball is in their court'

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown is able to cash in on a lucrative rookie extension as soon as this summer, but that front is all quiet at the moment.

Brown recently told Brian Robb of Boston Sports Journal that he hasn't talked to the team about a potential extension.

Jaylen Brown is eligible for a new long-term deal as well as he enters his fourth NBA season, but the 22-year-old wing told BostonSportsJournal.com on Wednesday at Thomas & Mack Center that the team has not discussed an extension yet with him.

“I haven’t heard from them,” Brown told BSJ. “The ball is in their court.”

Brown, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, is a crucial member of the Celtics' young core, a group that includes Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Robert Williams and the team's 2019 first-round draft picks Romeo Langford and Grant Williams.

If Brown and the Celtics don't agree to an extension before the October deadline, he will become a restricted free agent next offseason. The Celtics would have the ability to match any offer sheet Brown receives from a rival team if it came to that point.

After a strong sophomore season, Brown went through a rollercoaster 2018-19 campaign. He began the season as a starter but was relegated to a sixth man role when a hand injury hampered his performance. Brown rebounded nicely midway through last season and ended up averaging 13 points and 4.2 rebounds, while shooting 34.2 percent from 3-point range over 74 games. The third-year guard improved his scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and 3-point percentage in Boston's nine-game playoff run. The best stretch of his young career came in the 2018 playoffs, when he averaged 18 points per game and shot 39.3 percent from 3-point range while helping lead the Celtics to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

It's safe to say the upcoming season is huge for Brown. There's no reason for the Celtics to commit huge money and term to him before October's deadline. Brown has shown signs of being an All-Star caliber two-way wing, but he also needs to be more consistent. It would behoove the Celtics' front office to gather another season's worth of data before giving him a new deal. 

Since the beginning of free agency, the Philadelphia 76ers reportedly committed a rookie max contract extension to point guard Ben Simmons and the Denver Nuggets reportedly did the same with guard Jamal Murray. These two stars from the 2016 draft deserved these deals and both are further along in their development than Brown.

Brown and New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (originally selected No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers) have the most to prove from their draft class entering 2019-20.

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Celtics vs. Wizards live stream: Watch 2020 NBA seeding game online

Celtics vs. Wizards live stream: Watch 2020 NBA seeding game online

The Boston Celtics will conclude their NBA seeding game schedule Thursday with an afternoon matchup against the Washington Wizards.

The C's have won four consecutive games and five of their second seeding contests overall, and the team's performance in these matchups has been pretty encouraging. The team's best players, including Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker all have played well. Several of the team's younger players also have shown they deserve a look come playoff time, including second-year center Robert Williams.

Williams could get extended playing time versus the Wizards. He scored 10 points in just 14 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Memphis Grizzlies, and the 2018 first-round pick is averaging 13.5 points in the four seeding games he's played in. 

There are no playoff implications in Boston's last seeding game. The C's already locked up the No. 3 seed and will play the Philadelphia 76ers in Round 1. That said, this game against the Wizards is an important one for the C's to ensure they enter the playoffs firing on all cylinders.

NBC Sports Boston has you covered with complete coverage of Celtics vs. Wizards, starting at 11 a.m. ET with "Celtics Pregame Live". Tip-off is scheduled for noon on NBC Sports Boston, with complete postgame analysis after the final buzzer on "Celtics Postgame Live."

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BEFORE THE GAME: At 11 a.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Brian Scalabrine, Kendrick Perkins, Abby Chin, Chris Forsberg and A. Sherrod Blakely. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch a breakdown of the first two quarters on Celtics Halftime Live. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford for analysis, commentary and player reaction. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream

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2020 NBA Playoffs: Celtics will play rival 76ers in first round

2020 NBA Playoffs: Celtics will play rival 76ers in first round

A new chapter in one of basketball's best rivalries will be written in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

The Boston Celtics will take on the Philadelphia 76ers in Round 1. It will be the first playoff series between these teams since Boston beat Philly in a five-game Eastern Conference semifinals in 2018.

The matchup became official Wednesday night when the Indiana Pacers beat the Houston Rockets, which locked the Sixers into the No. 6 seed. The Celtics secured the No. 3 seed earlier this week. 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Wizards, which begins Thursday at 11 a.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at noon. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Boston will play the Washington Wizards on Thursday afternoon in its final seeding game. Philly has two more seeding games remaining -- Wednesday night versus the Toronto Raptors and Friday night against the Rockets.

The Sixers might not be at full strength against the Celtics in Round 1. All-Star point guard Ben Simmons recently left the NBA bubble to have surgery on his knee, and he's reportedly expected to miss the rest of the season. Philadelphia's All-Star center, Joel Embiid, injured his left ankle against the Portland Trail Blazers last Sunday and didn't play Tuesday, but he reportedly will return to the lineup Wednesday night.

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Here are the updated seeds for the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Miami Heat and Pacers still haven't locked in their exact seeds, but they will be the No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup in Round 1. Miami needs one win in its final two seeding games to clinch the No. 4 seed.

1. Milwaukee Bucks
2. Toronto Raptors
3. Boston Celtics
4. Miami Heat
5. Indiana Pacers
6. Philadelphia 76ers
7. Brooklyn Nets
8. Orlando Magic