Jayson Tatum will be a Celtic for a while.
The young forward officially signed a contract extension with the Celtics on Wednesday, the team announced. While the terms of the deal were not released by the Celtics due to team policy, Tatum reportedly signed a five-year, $195 million contract extension with the Celtics, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is the full designated rookie max extension and the Celtics finalized the details with Tatum and his agent on Sunday, Wojnarowski added. The contract, which will kick in at the start of the 2021-22 season, gives Tatum a player option for the 2025-26 season, the final season of the contract.
Tatum shared his joy on the deal in a press release.
“I am incredibly grateful to the Celtics organization, and the city of Boston for this opportunity,” Tatum said. “I love this city, this organization, and the best fans in the NBA. I plan on being here for a very long time.”
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said why he wanted to extend Tatum in the press release.
“Jayson has emerged as one of the best two-way players in the NBA through his first three seasons, and will continue to get better and better as a player and a leader,” Ainge said. “He possesses unique scoring and playmaking abilities, and has displayed exceptional poise and maturity in how he approaches the game. He’s someone who, at 22 years of age, will be a central figure to this organization’s championship aspirations for many years to come.”
The negotiating window for Tatum’s extension began last Friday. If he and the Celtics didn’t agree to an extension by Dec. 21, he would’ve been a restricted free agent after the upcoming season. He joins Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Kings guard De’Aron Fox as players from his draft class to receive similar contract extensions in recent days.
Tatum emerged as the Celtics’ top player this past season, averaging a team-high 23.4 points per game while making his first All-Star Game. He was also named the All-NBA third team after the regular season ended.
With Tatum’s extension, the Celtics now have Tatum and Jaylen Brown locked up through the 2023-24 season. Brown signed a four year, $115 million contract extension prior to the start of last season.
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