Celtics re-sign Jayson Tatum through 2025-26 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Boston Celtics have re-signed swingman Jayson Tatum to a contract extension. He has received a five-year extension.

This extension is worth $163 million. However, he could potentially reach up to $195 million with escalators that will turn his contract into a nearly $200 million deal.

Boston Celtics swingman Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers
Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Jayson Tatum/Instagram)

Tatum is the third player, who has signed such a contract. The Sacramento Kings were the first to give De’Aaron Fox this such extension.

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The Utah Jazz then gave Donovan Mitchell this contract, as well.

This past season, he scored a career-high 41 points in a game. This was seven points higher than the career-high 34 points that he set during the 2018-19 season.

He had 41 points twice this past season. His first 41-point performance was in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans on January 11th.

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Then, Tatum scored 41 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on February 23rd. In fact, he had five games, where he scored more than 34 points during the 2019-20 season.

His previous career-high before this past season was 34 points in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets on January 14, 2019.

Tatum was the third overall pick by the Celtics in the 2017 NBA Draft. The 22-year-old had a career season this past season after having a lackluster sophomore campaign.

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He averaged 23.4 points per game in 66 starts during the 2019-20 season. He also averaged 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 34.3 minutes per game.

The St. Louis, Missouri-born player has started every game he has played in. He has started 225 games in his career.

Tatum has a career average of 17.3 points per game. He also averaged 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 31.8 minutes per game.

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