Jaylen Brown isn’t the most electrifying player on the Celtics’ roster, but he could be getting ready to be among the highest-paid. In a recent report from Frank Urbina of HoopsHype, the 22-year-old guard could be in for a huge payday in the summer of 2020.
“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. Brown could play his way into a max contract. He’s going to have a bigger role than ever before with Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Marcus Morris gone, and next summer’s free-agent class is weak. If he does play his way into a max deal, Boston can match since he’ll be restricted.”
The potential deal could reach numbers north of $20 million.
“I think if you’re the Celtics, you try 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.’ And Brown really could be the top free agent available next summer, so I could see the argument for giving him the max.”
The 22-year-old Brown can, indeed, make a strong case for being a max player. As the third option for the Celtics, and in his 3rd season in the league, Brown averaged 13 points and 4.2 rebounds while being an elite perimeter defender.
As he grows and develops his game, he will have the chance to increase his productivity in the absence of Kyrie and Horford. Plus, considering the weak state of the 2020 free-agent class, there is an increased chance at least one team will be willing to break the bank to sign him this summer.
Of course, he will have to prove his worth this upcoming season. So unless Brown and the Celtics agree to an extension in the coming week, the 2019-20 campaign will be a huge one for the young star.