The Boston Celtics have been a permanent fixture in the NBA postseason ever since that 2008 finals victory, missing out only once. However, it took them some digging to find their Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett again. But now, they have Jayson Tatum (fixated) and Jaylen Brown to bring back the old days.
It was evident that Jayson Tatum would attract a rookie extension by the Celtics organization, and now it has finally come to effect. Just as the breaking news of Tatum’s max extension surfaced, Twitter went crazy with all sorts of creative memes and meaningful congratulatory remarks.
As per Adrian Wojnarowski, Jayson will have close to $200 million with the All-NBA escalators. This five-year deal will come to effect from next season (2021-22) and will most probably keep him anchored until he turns 28. Currently, the 2020-21 cap for him is standing at $9,897,120. So that extension is some serious monetary growth after an equally noticeable performance growth.
Just as this news broke out, Wizards’ Bradley Beal, and Celtics fans reacted on Twitter.
This response proves that the signing has been welcomed by one and all since fans cannot imagine Tatum in anything but that green jersey.
The 22-year-old became an NBA All-star after just two seasons into the league. He also won the 2019 Skills Challenge in the NBA All-star weekend. Interestingly, Lakers’ LeBron James had inadvertently given the youngster “The Problem” nickname and Jayson lived by it.
Tatum improved big time in the 2019-20 season where he averaged 23.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals. His accuracy from behind the arc remained an admirable 40.3% in the regular-season. It was also because of his phenomenal performance that the Celtics reached the EC finals where the Miami Heat defeated them in six games.
This deal will ensure the Celtics a young and talented core that they can build with the right helpers around them in the near future. Do you think Tatum will justify being given such a big amount?
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