It’s official. Jayson Tatum will be in Boston for the foreseeable future. This week, it was reported that Tatum had agreed to a five-year, $195+ million extension to stay with the Celtics through 2026 with a player option in the fifth year.
From the team’s press release:
“Jayson has emerged as one of the best two-way players in the NBA through his first three seasons, and will continue to get better and better as a player and a leader,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “He possesses unique scoring and playmaking abilities, and has displayed exceptional poise and maturity in how he approaches the game. He’s someone who, at 22 years of age, will be a central figure to this organization’s championship aspirations for many years to come.”
Last season marked major milestones in Tatum’s burgeoning career with his first All-Star Game and All-NBA Team. He averaged 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in the regular season and developed into a defensive menace. In the playoffs, he pushed his production to 26-10-5 as the team’s primary postseason scorer.
“I am incredibly grateful to the Celtics organization, and the city of Boston for this opportunity,” said the former #3 pick from St. Louis. “I love this city, this organization, and the best fans in the NBA. I plan on being here for a very long time.”