The Boston Celtics made one of the biggest moves of the offseason, and we don’t mean trading for Kristaps Porzingis.
They just signed Jaylen Brown to the largest contract extension in the history of the league, getting him locked up for the next five years at a whopping $305 million.
And while plenty of people have had a lot to say about that, mostly taking shots at the Celtics for seemingly overpaying for Brown, former NBA player JJ Redick wasn’t shocked in the slightest that this happened.
Redick went on to explain that, even though Brown isn’t a top-10 or top-5 player in the league, it’s not Brown’s fault that he got that contract.
He claimed that casual fans might think that Brown’s contract is insane; the Celtics pretty much had no choice but to sign him to that deal if they wanted to compete for an NBA championship.
The Celtics couldn’t risk going for any less than the supermax; otherwise, he would’ve just declined and could walk away as a free agent after his contract ran out next summer.
This is just the way business is conducted in the NBA, and someone else will reset the market next offseason.
Brown qualified and became eligible for that contract, so why is he to blame for that? He wasn’t going to turn down that much money just because he’s not a top-five player.
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