Jayson Tatum is expected to become a restricted free agent next summer and will likely demand a max-contract extension.
Tatum is rapidly becoming a potential franchise cornerstone for the Boston Celtics, averaging a team-high 23.6 points per game this season, with 7.1 rebounds and 39.8% from three-point arc per contest.
According to the report of ESPN’s Brian Windhorst:
“If Jayson Tatum is the superstar that they envisioned when they began this whole rebuilding process when they traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for all of those draft picks hoping to land a player like this, we could see ‘Glory Days’ for the Celtics again. But it’s very much up in the air, and I’m gonna tell ya, they’re gonna have to pay him like it because after this season ends, he is going to get most likely a max contract. They’re going to bet that he becomes that player,” Windhorst said on Sportscenter, per Bleacher Report.
Tatum is set to earn $9.9 million next season on his rookie deal, per Spotrac, with the forward being eligible to talk an extension with the Celtics in the next rookie-scale contracts deadline, whenever this will be.