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Jaylen Brown injury: Brad Stevens confirms Celtics guard is "good to go"

Jaylen Brown injury: Brad Stevens confirms Celtics guard is "good to go"

The Boston Celtics are winning games and getting healthier in the process.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens confirmed Wednesday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand" he expects Jaylen Brown to be "good to go" for Thursday's game against the New York Knicks at TD Garden.

Brown has missed Boston's last three games -- all Celtics wins -- after injuring his lower back against the Dallas Mavericks but said Tuesday he feels healthy enough to return.

Stevens didn't say whether Brown will be inserted into the starting lineup Thursday night, but his presence still adds depth as the C's aim for four consecutive wins.

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Jaylen Brown contract extension: Isaiah Thomas shouts out 'ugly ass friend'

Jaylen Brown contract extension: Isaiah Thomas shouts out 'ugly ass friend'

Jaylen Brown is getting his money, and at least one former teammate couldn't be happier.

The 22-year-old wing reportedly agreed to a four-year, $115 million contract extension with the Boston Celtics on Monday afternoon.

Minutes after that news broke, Washington Wizards guard (and former Celtic) Isaiah Thomas chimed in with a hilarious congrats for his old friend.

Thomas overlapped with Brown for one season in Boston, compiling his career 2016-17 campaign when Brown was a rookie. That team grew close amid a surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals, and it appears Thomas still is keeping tabs on the 22-year-old.

The Celtics haven't confirmed Brown's extension, but the fourth-year guard appeared to reference the deal Monday afternoon on his Instagram story:

Brown averaged 13.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season in a regression from his 2017-18 campaign, but the Celtics clearly are betting on him by locking him up through 2024.

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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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