NBA insider: Celtics are looking at ‘important’ roster resolution forward of pivotal offseason


“If you end up taking a look at making a $600 million funding in a duo, it’s not essentially a rubber stamp at this level.”

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dribbles the ball during Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Sunday, May 21, 2023, in Miami.
Jaylen Brown might be due for a big contract extension this summer season. (AP Picture/Wilfredo Lee)

The chances aren’t precisely on the Boston Celtics’ facet at this level within the Japanese Convention Finals.

Boston presently trails the Miami Warmth 0-3 within the best-of-seven collection. Previous to the Celtics, there have been 149 groups in NBA historical past going through a 0-3 deficit in a playoff spherical. All 149 squads misplaced their respective collection.

The primary order of enterprise for Brad Stevens and Boston’s entrance workplace this offseason may contain Joe Mazzulla’s future. However Boston’s roster will seemingly not be spared from a possible overhaul.

ESPN insider Brian Windhorst touched on the questions going through Stevens and the Celtics this summer season on Monday morning.

“They must make a reasonably important resolution with Jaylen Brown this summer season,” Windhorst stated on ESPN’s “Get Up.” “He’s eligible for a contract extension now of over $280 million. He gained’t actually know the total quantity till the wage cap comes out, nevertheless it’s going to be an enormous, big quantity. And Jayson Tatum additionally certified, though he can’t signal it this 12 months; he’d must signal it subsequent 12 months.

“Right here’s the factor: I completely assume that the Celtics ought to hold these guys collectively. However if you end up taking a look at making a $600 million funding in a duo, it’s not essentially a rubber stamp at this level, [with] the best way this season has ended and the best way final season ended. And also you’ve bought to decide should you’re the Celtics: Is that this an excellent pairing, or is that this an amazing pairing?”

The duo of Brown and Tatum have achieved loads of success collectively in Boston, peaking with the Celtics’ run to the NBA Finals final 12 months.

If the Celtics needed to dole out hefty new contracts to each Brown and Tatum over the subsequent two summers, Boston’s core will arguably be among the finest within the NBA. Having two All-NBA gamers as your headliners offer you a reasonably stable base to retool and retrofit your roster within the coming years.

However Brown and Tatum’s eligibility for supermax contracts has the potential to be a double-edged sword for Boston.

Regardless that the Celtics now have the fiscal flexibility to supply each gamers extra money and time period than different franchises, allocating practically $600 million to the pair might hamstring the staff’s potential to construct a powerful supporting solid round them shifting ahead.

For Boston, it would come down as to whether or not Stevens and Co. consider that the Celtics can win a title with each Tatum and Brown standing as their high choices on the courtroom.

“I don’t know that you would be able to make investments 600 million in ‘excellent’. Jaylen Brown is extremely, extremely desired out there, so I believe it simply makes every thing be reevaluated by the Celtics,” Windhorst added. “I’m nonetheless of the idea that we get to July (and) Jaylen Brown’s going to get that provide. However man, it’s actually arduous to assume that simply operating it again is the factor to do for Boston at this level.”

Each Tatum and Brown struggled in Sunday’s Sport 3 blowout loss to the Warmth, combining for simply 26 factors and sinking certainly one of 14 makes an attempt from past the arc. 

Brown specifically has had a forgettable collection in opposition to the Warmth. Over three video games, Brown is averaging simply 16.7 factors per recreation, nearly 10 factors beneath his regular-season scoring common (26.6).

Brown’s inefficiency and miscues have additional thwarted Boston’s potential to maintain up with the Warmth. The 26-year-old wing is taking pictures simply 37.7% from the sphere, together with a dreadful 10% from 3-point vary.

Any roster anchored by each Tatum and Brown must be a playoff lock for the subsequent decade. However is that core adequate to raise the Celtics to be a constant title contender?

Stevens should make that call over the subsequent couple of months.