As the NBA prepares for its resumption next month, the Boston Celtics could be looking into their plans past the current season. Per A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports, Jayson Tatum is leaning towards agreeing to a max extension when he is eligible.
Tatum still has two years remaining on his four-year, $30 million contract. The 22-year old is eligible for an extension this offseason, where he could be valued between $181-218 million.
In theory, the Celtics could extend a qualifying offer to Tatum as a restricted free agent in which he will earn a $19.8 million cap hit during the 2021 season.
In 59 appearances this season, Tatum is averaging 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. As a team, Boston ranks third in the Eastern Conference.
When asked about his future, Tatum made sure no one questioned his desire to remain with the Celtics:
“I want to win a championship. I want to be MVP, I want to be an All-Star, I want to be like the next Paul (Pierce) for the Celtics, spend my whole career here and have the City of Boston love me.”