There's a fine line between believing in yourself and gassing yourself up too much and thinking that you're worth a max contract when you're a complementary role player.
Boston Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown is firmly in the latter camp, as reports emerged he rejected a four-year, $80 million deal from the team in order to hold out for a bigger payday.
Keep in mind, this is coming from a guy who started just 25 games last year. He'd be a fool not to take a deal anywhere near the $80 million neighborhood.
While Brown has proven he can be a well above-average defender and slasher, that doesn't mask the fact that we're three years into Brown's NBA career and he's never averaged more than 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. In fact, all of those numbers went DOWN last year once Gordon Hayward returned to action.
In 2018-2019, Brown had the same VORP (0.0) as Marco Belinelli, Terrance Ferguson, and Doug McDermott. Any one of those guys getting $20 mil a year?
This negation could get nasty if Brown continues to price himself out of what the Celtics are willing to give him. Turning down $80 mil after averaging just 11.2 points, 4 rebounds and 1.3 assist per game in 222 career contests sure is bold.