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Report: Jaylen Brown unlikely to sign extension with Celtics before deadline

Report: Jaylen Brown unlikely to sign extension with Celtics before deadline

The future is bright for the Boston Celtics with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in the fold.

But that assumes Tatum and Brown will stick around.

Brown will become a restricted free agent after this season, meaning the Celtics have until Oct. 21 to sign the 22-year-old to an extension of his rookie deal or risk losing him next summer.

According to Heavy.com's Sean Deveney, the C's sound prepared to take that risk.

From Deveney:

According to a league source, “the chance is pretty slim” that Brown signs a long-term deal with the team in the coming month. Around the league, the expectation is that Brown and the Celtics won’t come to a deal.

Brown has emerged as an integral two-way player for the C's since they selected him No. 3 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. The versatile wing averaged 13 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists last season in a slight dip from his 2017-18 campaign but should see an expanded role in his fourth season with Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris and Al Horford out of the picture.

As Deveney points out, Boston has been willing to let its young players reach restricted free agency in the past few years, most recently with Rozier, who signed a three-year, $50 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets this offseason. The C's also saw Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk depart in restricted free agency in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

That's not to say Danny Ainge couldn't work out a deal with Brown next offseason. The Celtics got to restricted free agency with Marcus Smart in 2018 only to re-sign him to a four-year, $52 million contract. But if Brown has a strong 2019-20 campaign and gets close to a max offer, it may be trickier for the C's to convince him to stay.

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How Kobe Bryant once used a cutout of Paul Pierce as 'motivation'

How Kobe Bryant once used a cutout of Paul Pierce as 'motivation'

Kobe Bryant will forever be remembered as one of the fiercest competitors in sports history. That unmatched competitiveness was amplified whenever his Los Angeles Lakers faced off against their archrival, the Boston Celtics.

Two months after the Lakers fell to the C's in the 2008 NBA Finals, Bryant headed to China to take part in the Summer Olympics. There, he helped the United States earn its first gold medal since 2000.

But the sting from his loss to the Celtics overshadowed the euphoria of his Olympics victory.

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WNBA star Sue Bird, who also was in China for the '08 Games, told a great story about witnessing Bryant's competitive attitude while drinking wine and playing card games with him that summer.

“He was fresh off [the Finals loss] and you could tell [he was still thinking it]” Bird told Los Angeles Sparks star and ESPN analyst Chiney Ogwuimike.“… [We were] just kicking it and he saw this newspaper — it was something about the Lakers series and blah blah blah — and there was a picture of Paul Pierce celebrating.

“And he didn’t say a word. He didn’t say anything. But we saw him take the paper. He started cutting out the Paul Pierce picture. He folded it up and put it in his pocket and was like, ‘Motivation.’ And we were like, ‘Oh, it never stops with him.’ And you can tell.”

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There never will be another player like the "Black Mamba."

Bryant tragically passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26 along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others. He was 41 years old.

You can listen to Pierce reminisce about the C's Finals win over the Lakers in the Celtics Talk Podcast below:

Here's how Celtics' Gordon Hayward is staying busy amid coronavirus outbreak

Here's how Celtics' Gordon Hayward is staying busy amid coronavirus outbreak

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is spending some much needed time with his family, but he's probably seen Disney's "Frozen" more times than he's wanted to. 

"I think I've watched 'Frozen' 35 times already," Hayward said, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe. 

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Watching Disney films isn't the only thing the 30-year-old gamer is doing -- Hayward told Lowe he's been teaching his daughters how to play Mario Kart and Pokemon. While Hayward is one of the NBA's biggest video game nerds, he, unfortunately, isn't participating in the NBA 2K Tournament that begins on Saturday.

While his daughters are enjoying watching movies and playing video games, Hayward says they're missing the TD Garden court. 

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"This was the first season they actually liked to go," Hayward said. "And not to watch me play. Just to hang out. They miss that."

Hayward probably misses it even more. He's averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from beyond the arc. In the C's final game before the NBA hit pause on the 2019-20 campaign, Hayward tallied 27 points against the Indiana Pacers with 10 rebounds. 

If the NBA season does resume at any point in the future, Hayward should be well-rested and ready to go.