Record-Breaking Supermax: Jaylen Brown's $304M Extension Alters Celtics' Championship Aspirations

Photo: Instagram/Jaylen Brown

The Boston Celtics have now firmly entered a win-now phase after agreeing to a monumental 5-year, $304 million supermax extension with Jaylen Brown, making it the largest contract in NBA history.

When combined with his 2023-24 salary of $28.5 million, Brown's total earnings amount to an astonishing $332.5 million. Although such astronomical figures are becoming more commonplace in the sports world, it remains an unfathomable sum for all but a select few.

The fully guaranteed contract puts immense pressure on the Celtics to succeed immediately. With their current roster commitments, they are already looking at a luxury tax bill of $21.7 million and will likely remain a repeater-tax team in the future, which could lead to further financial restrictions.

Photo: Instagram/Jaylen Brown

This extension also has implications for other players on the team. With Kristaps Porziņģis' contract extended by two years and $60 million, and Jayson Tatum likely to receive his own record-breaking supermax the following year, the Celtics will have substantial financial commitments to manage.

The team-building process will be significantly more challenging under the new collective bargaining agreement, especially for teams operating above the second apron like the Celtics are projected to be. Trading Brown or Porziņģis before their deals expire might be a consideration to alleviate some of the financial strain.

It's essential for the Celtics to secure a championship before the salaries of their star players become burdensome. While Brown has shown impressive performances in the playoffs, the team's success will ultimately determine the worthiness of this colossal contract.

Although the potential downside of such a deal exists, only time will tell how it plays out. Nevertheless, keeping Brown and Tatum together is crucial for the Celtics' championship aspirations, and their performance in the coming years will define the ultimate impact of this record-breaking extension.

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Source: Breacher Report


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