Even before NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly set a target date of July 31 for the resumption of the 2019-20 season, basketball news was still steadily trickling in. It was the Boston Celtics' turn to take the spotlight Saturday afternoon.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that the Celtics "most likely" plan to offer wing Jayson Tatum a max contract extension once the season has reached its conclusion. That means Tatum is set to make over $100 million, all told.
After hearing this news, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell let Tatum know that the next time they both go out to dinner, the Celtic is getting the bill.
It's safe to say that Tatum would happily oblige to Mitchell's request, because money won't be a problem for him ever again "most likely."
The Celtics have shown they want to keep their young core together. In 2018, the team re-signed Marcus Smart for four years and $52 million. Last October, teammate Jaylen Brown inked a four-year, $115 million extension. Taytum, the best of the bunch as of now, always needed to be locked down in due time.
At the end of this resumed season, Tatum will enter the final year of his rookie deal, which is set to pay out $9.9 million. He's having a career year, averaging 23.6 points (a team-high), 7.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists, which led to making the NBA All-Star Game for the first time.
If Tatum secures the bag this offseason, it's safe to say that plenty of his friends will ask for him to pick up the dinner tab once we all get back to some form of normalcy.