Jaylen Brown All-NBA and supermax contract: How voting results impact future career earnings with Celtics
All eyes are on the Celtics as they try and dig themselves out of a 3-2 hole against the 76ers but on Wednesday, the franchise received significant news for its future.
Celtics stakeholders were anxiously awaiting the reveal of the 2022-23 All-NBA Teams as the results held major implications for franchise cornerstone Jaylen Brown's future.
Brown is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game to earn his second All-Star bid.
As he enters the final year of his four-year, $115 million contract in the 2023-24 season, Brown is eligible for a new extension this upcoming offseason. The way the All-NBA Teams shook out have a huge impact on Brown's next contract.
The Sporting News explains why below.
How All-NBA honor impacts Jaylen Brown's future contract negotiations with Celtics
The Celtics got Brown on a bargain contract extension back in 2019, inking the former top-three pick to a four-year, $115 million deal. Since the extension kicked in during the 2020-21 season, Brown has solidified his place as a top-20 player in the NBA. He has averaged 25.0 points per game with two All-Star honors, helping lead the Celtics back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 last season.
And while Brown has enjoyed sustained individual and team success over his seven seasons in Boston, his 2022-23 All-NBA honor has a major impact on his next contract.
Because Brown made one of the three All-NBA teams, he's eligible to receive a five-year, $295 million "supermax" contract extension from the Celtics during the 2023 offseason. That gives Boston a gigantic advantage to re-sign the franchise cornerstone before he could hit unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2023-24 season.
Here's what Brown's supermax extension could look like, according to Spotrac's Keith Smith.
(As Smith notes, those figures are based on 35 percent of the $143 million projected cap for 2024-25.)
If Brown didn't make All-NBA, the Celtics would have only been able to offer a four-year, $189 million max extension (30 percent of the cap) — a $100 million difference.
In that instance, Brown could have bet on himself and elected to play out the final year of his contract in 2023-24 with hopes of reaching the supermax qualifications. However, that would have put Boston at risk of allowing Brown to hit unrestricted free agency in 2024.
While there is no guarantee that Brown signs his supermax extension, the odds of him turning down a $295 million deal are a lot less likely compared to the version with a $100 million pay cut.
When Brown was asked about his future in Boston earlier this season, he delivered a neutral, non-committal response.
“I just enjoy the time that you have now,” Brown told The Ringer's Logan Murdock. “If it’s your whole career, it’s your whole career. If it’s not, it’s not. Some of the greatest players of all time haven’t finished with their organization. Michael Jordan retired a Wizard.
"As much as we like it here and enjoy being here, you see where life takes you. You see how the process goes. All you do is really focus on what’s in front of you right now, to be honest," he continued.
“But I don’t really know or want to answer that question because that type of stuff makes Celtics fans speculate and go crazy. Especially right now, I’ll just say we’ll get there when we get there.”
Brown's offseason extension will be the Celtics' biggest priority regardless of how their 2023 NBA championship pursuit concludes.
Jaylen Brown career earnings
The No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brown has earned $99.9 million through seven seasons of his NBA career. Once he receives his $28,508,929 for the 2023-24 season, Brown's career earnings will jump to $128.4 million.