It appears the Celtics are fooling around when it comes to locking up Jayson Tatum for a while.
As transcribed by Bleacher Report, the ESPN.com reporter said, "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."
Tatum is slated to receive just under $9.9 million on his rookie deal for the 2020-21 season. Max contracts are based on 25 percent of the NBA-mandated salary cap, which could be altered in the coming offseason due to the coronavirus-induced market adjustments.
The third-year pro has emerged as one of the league's stars, having averaged a team-high 23.6 points per game to go along with 7.1 rebounds a contest before the season was postponed.
In the past year, the Celtics have already committed four-year deals to Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown.