The Boston Celtics are buckling down by securing their star player for the foreseeable future. Jayson Tatum has agreed to a five-year, $195 million extension with the C’s, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Tatum is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is eligible to sign the max extension when the window opened up at noon ET on Sunday.
Tatum became an All-Star for the first time in his career last season and led the Celtics in scoring with 23.4 points per game. He helped Boston claim the third seed in the Eastern Conference before tallying team highs in points (25.7) and rebounds (10) per game in the postseason. The 22-year-old wing should remain a vital piece for a Celtics team oozing with talent.
Kemba Walker has three years remaining on the four-year, $140 million contract he signed last season while Jaylen Brown has three years left on the four-year, $115 million extension he signed last offseason. Tatum could be the player who ties it all together for Boston as it looks to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007-08.