Celtics Shouldn't Mess Around With Jaylen Brown Contract Dilemma

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 08:  Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 8, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Celtics defeated the Suns 116-109 in overtime.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jaylen Brown is one of the more intriguing players throughout the league. He had a breakout campaign in 2017-2018, but was almost regarded as an afterthought during what was a tumultuous season for the Boston Celtics.

Now, with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford gone, Brown will once again become one of the premier players on the Celtics, yet Boston has reportedly not even reached out to the 22-year-old about a contract extension.

The former third overall pick's rookie contract will expire after the 2019-20 season, yet the C's haven't even begun negotiations with the 22-year-old on a new deal.

Brown averaged 13 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last year, despite a minutes decrease of almost five per game. His numbers stayed relatively close to his career highs of 14.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, and the Celtics can ill-afford to lose a player who is this integral to their future success.

Boston has yet to reach out to Brown, despite all the money that has been dished out to Jamal Murray and Ben Simmons, two players who were taken in the same draft year as him.

Traditionally, Boston does not sign rookie contract extensions, but with the aftermath of what just happened to their roster, they may want to consider locking up Brown before he has the opportunity to hit the open market.

Handing out a four or five-year deal to Brown would be a big win for Boston, as he's still incredibly young and has room to grow, especially on a less star-focused Celtics' roster. They'll have until October to work something out with Brown, or else he'll be commanding a ton of attention as a free agent.