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What Bradley Beal told Jayson Tatum after signing $72M contract extension

What Bradley Beal told Jayson Tatum after signing $72M contract extension

For now, Jayson Tatum is focused on improving in Year 3 and helping the new-look Boston Celtics make another deep postseason run. But if the 21-year-old's career continues on this trajectory, he'll have a nice payday in his future.

One of Tatum's childhood friends, Bradley Beal, had his payday come on Thursday when he agreed to a two-year, $72 million contract extension with the Washington Wizards. Tatum and Beal grew up in St. Louis where they attended the same high school, and their mothers knew one another from volleyball.

Tatum reached out to Beal upon hearing the news of his contract, according to Jay King of The Athletic, and the Wizards star had a simple message for the C's 2017 No. 3 overall draft pick.

“The first thing I texted him was, ‘Let me hold something,'” Tatum said. “He told me my time’s coming.”

There's no denying the future looks bright for Tatum. While he has a long way to go to be on the same level as Beal, NBA fans should be prepared for a breakout season out of the former Duke star.

Tatum and the Celtics will begin their 2019-20 season on Oct. 23 when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers.

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How Tremont Waters, Vincent Poirier fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Wisconsin Herd

How Tremont Waters, Vincent Poirier fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Wisconsin Herd

Tacko Fall (knee) remains out for the Maine Red Claws, and Romeo Langford suffered another ankle injury, so that put Tremont Waters and Vincent Poirier in the spotlight on Thursday.

Waters has been sensational to begin his tenure in Maine. So good, in fact, that he earned NBA G League Player of the Month honors for November. 

For Poirier, Thursday night marked his first game playing alongside Waters with the Red Claws.

Here's how the two Celtics rookies performed in the 123-118 loss:

TREMONT WATERS

Waters filled the stat sheet again with a double-double as he notched 13 points (5-for-15 shooting) and 10 assists. The Celtics' No. 51 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft knocked down 3 of his 9 3-point attempts.

VINCENT POIRIER

Poirier made an instant impact in his first game in a Red Claws uniform. The Frenchman contributed 14 points while going 6-for-9 from the field and bringing down nine boards.

Next, the Red Claws will take on the Delaware Blue Coats on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. You can tune in to that matchup right here on NBC Sports Boston.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Kings, which tips off today at 3 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 3:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Why Grant Williams gave out candles to Celtics staff and teammates

Why Grant Williams gave out candles to Celtics staff and teammates

Last month, Grant Williams' generosity was on display when he provided the Boston Celtics staff with a special gift.

The C's rookie gave out candles to media members, teammates, and employees throughout the organization to show his appreciation for their work. He also took to Twitter to express his gratitude.

Williams talked to NBC Sports Boston's Kyle Draper on Celtics Post Up about why he chose candles as the gift for his kind gesture.

"Candles, for me, they always put me in a great mood," Williams said. "They're relaxing. They can change your emotion after a long day. I think it's a small token of just showing appreciation and allows especially during the holidays to be able to go home and just have something where you say 'I feel appreciated.'"

A simple yet thoughtful explanation from the 21-year-old.

Williams has been impressive on the court as well as off of it this season. Of course, his 3-point shooting remains an area he'd like to improve. Especially if it means changing some of the nicknames he's been given by his Celtics teammates.

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