Report: Celtics, Tatum agree on 5-year, $195 million extension

Report: Celtics, Tatum agree on 5-year, $195 million extension
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket against Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON — The Celtics have reportedly signed rising star Jayson Tatum to a five-year, $195 million extension Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal includes incentives that could bring Tatum’s payout towards $200 million, per ESPN.

Tatum, 22, was set to enter the ensuing NBA season in the final year of a four-year, $30 million deal. The reported extension keeps the forward from becoming a restricted free agent in 2021 and contains a player option after the fourth year.

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Since being drafted third overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, Tatum has quickly become Boston’s best talent on the court, especially after the departure of Kyrie Irving at the end of the 2018-19 season. This past season, Tatum was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career.

In the 2019-20 season, Tatum averaged 23.4 points-per-game while averaging 34.3 minutes played in each contest, according to BasketballReference.com, an online sports statistics aggregator.

In the 2020 postseason, where the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in Tatum’s three-year career, the former Duke product averaged 25.7 points and was on the floor for an average of more than 40 minutes per game.

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