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NBA executives give their thoughts on Jaylen Brown's contract extension

NBA executives give their thoughts on Jaylen Brown's contract extension

Jaylen Brown and the Celtics have until October 21 to agree to a rookie-scale contract extension before Brown becomes an upcoming restricted free agent for this summer, and as of now, they have not reached an agreement. 

It remains unlikely for the two sides to reach an agreement before the deadline, so Brown's play this season and the overall free-agent market will determine his price. Given the lack of star power in the 2020 free-agent class and a shortage of cap space around the league after the 2019 spending spree, there's a chance Brown could earn himself a max contract. 

This is a complicated situation for the Celtics to navigate, and several NBA executives talked to Hoops Hype's Frank Urbina and gave their thoughts on what Brown could be worth and whether Boston should move on an extension sooner rather than later. 

"The Celtics may be thinking that they don’t want to give a max deal to their third-best player, but Jaylen Brown may be thinking that he can be the top free agent next summer if he has a big year," an Eastern Conference executive said to Urbina. "I think if you’re the Celtics, you try to see if he’d do something around $20 million [per year], but if you want him to be part of your core long-term and want to lock him in, it may make sense to give him more. Boston may be comfortable saying, ‘We’ll give you something around $25 million [per year] now to sort of get a discount and not pay the max.’"

Brown's probably not the Celtics' third-best player right now, but that's neither here nor there. Either way, if the Celtics are going to agree to an extension before the season, it's more than likely to be less than the max or what Brown wants.

The same thing happened with Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier the last two years. They bet on themselves to play their way into better deals than they were offered and it worked out for both. Smart earned a four-year, $52 million deal with Boston and Rozier recently signed a three-year $58 million with the Charlotte Hornets.

What Brown needs to decide is whether he wants to risk earning a contract worth less than what Boston is offering now if the market dries up in the summer or he isn't able to maximize his abilities with Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward with him on the wings. 

"Jaylen Brown is in a tough spot," a Western Conference coach told Urbina. "The group of guys that he has around him will play a part in this. I don’t think that his talent level is worthy of a max contract, especially on that roster and with those guys around him."

The Celtics' offense will lean on Brown a bit more than it did last season with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, so he'll certainly get the chance to earn his money. The questions of his fit with Tatum and Hayward as well as Boston's desire to pay him max-money if they have to will likely be there all season long. 

If Brown indeed doesn't get his extension before the season starts, all he can do is just hoop and let the rest take care of itself. 

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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. 

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NBA Rumors: Why Celtics may hesitate to trade Grizzlies pick for big man

NBA Rumors: Why Celtics may hesitate to trade Grizzlies pick for big man

The Boston Celtics have the best record in the NBA through 11 games, but also could use an upgrade at center if they want to be a legitimate title contender.

Turns out they have the perfect asset to swing a deal for a big man ahead of the NBA trade deadline -- or so we thought.

That asset is the Grizzlies' first-round draft pick, which is Top-6 protected in 2020 and would become an unprotected first-rounder in 2021 if Memphis lands inside the top six in 2020.

Boston could dangle that pick to target a top-tier big man, but a "rival" NBA general manager told Heavy.com's Sean Deveney he doesn't see that happening.

"It wouldn’t make sense to move the Memphis pick," the GM told Deveney. "If it’s Anthony Davis then, OK, you change your plans. But there’s not really anyone on the market who is going to get them to move that."

Which big men could be on the market, you ask?

Deveney cited sources who told him the Indiana Pacers "would be unlikely" to trade center Myles Turner, then added the Celtics would be "reluctant" to pursue San Antonio Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge if it meant giving up Gordon Hayward.

Houston Rockets rim-runner Clint Capela also has been speculated as a Boston trade target, but as that GM suggested, the Celtics have placed a high value on a Memphis pick that should be a lottery selection and may not want to deal the pick unless they can land an elite player.

There's one wrinkle, though: Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and the young Grizzlies have exceeded early expectations. They have the NBA's 12th-worst record as of Tuesday and could leave the C's with a low lottery pick in 2020 if they continue to improve.

But president of basketball operations Danny Ainge won't unload draft assets without getting good value in return, and it seems good value is hard to come by at the moment.

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