Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown eligible for $613 million in Supermax contracts after All-NBA honors

Photo of author

The Boston Celtics didn't play on Wednesday, but two of their players still had a great day.

Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown became SuperMax-eligible after being named to the All-NBA Team, with Tatum making the first team and Brown making the second team.

Under current NBA rules, players become eligible for the SuperMax if they have completed at least seven years of service and have been named to the All-NBA team either in the previous season or in both years prior.

Brown is playing his seventh season, while Tatum is in his sixth, though he is guaranteed to be eligible next summer because he made All-NBA this season and last.

Brown is now eligible to sign a five-year, $295 million contract extension this summer, while Tatum will sign a five-year, $318 million deal next season.

The Celtics don't need to give him a deal either, though, and that could be a question with Brown. While he's been a star for Boston over the years, it's unclear why the Celtics would want to offer him one of the biggest contracts in NBA history since Tatum has always been their clear marquee player. That said, it's hard to think of a better player the Celtics could use that money in exchange for.

Tatum, however, appears to be a lock on his deal if he is eligible, barring a drastic drop in form or injury.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum became eligible for Supermax together, though Tatum would have to wait a year. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

Ja Morant misses out on Supermax

One player who didn't prepare himself for the massive payday was Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant, who missed all teams after a tumultuous season. Had he been named All-NBA, he would have been eligible for a five-year contract. Value up to $233 million,

See also  A homecoming for Jim Schwartz might be precisely what Kevin Stefanski wishes – Terry Pluto

The former second overall pick averaged 26.2 points, 8.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds in 61 games while leading the Grizzlies to a 51-31 record (we don't need to go into what happened afterward), but he also a Sidelined from court after being suspended following a string of gun-related incidents.

Voters clearly felt that D'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, third-team guard selections, were more deserving.

Morant, who made the All-NBA second team last season, appeared to pledge a return to form after the teams were announced.

Pascal Siakam, VanVleet and Jamal Murray would also be eligible for the Supermax if they were named All-NBA, According to ESPN's Bobby MarksBut didn't even cut it.