Pascal Siakam’s extension doesn’t help Celtics’ talks with Jaylen Brown

Nick Friar
October 20, 2019 - 8:30 am


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Pascal Siakam absolutely had a better 2018-19 than Jaylen Brown did. The Raptors forward shot for a higher percentage (from two and three), averaged more points, rebounds and assists. Not only did Siakam’s team have far more success — and much less drama surrounding it — the 27th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft also played a big part in Toronto’s postseason run, which, of course, resulted in a title.

Additionally, this helped Siakam get a four-year, $130 million max deal from the Raptors, which they reportedly agreed upon on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Brown — who averaged more points and was better from three as a sophomore — has turned down at least one offer from the C’s, reportedly worth $50 million less than Siakaim’s contract while still spanning the same amount of time.

Generally, there aren’t many free agents looking to make the move to Toronto. So while Siakam isn’t a normal max-contract player, the investment is a reasonable one for the Raptors.

However, whatever the justification may be, there’s no shot Brown and his representatives think Siakam is worth $50 million more than the Celtics wing.

That being said, Brown hasn’t proven to be worth four years, $130 million. So as much as the Celtics have tried to get a deal done, it seems the Raptors have sealed Boston’s fate.

It looks like Boston will have to wait until the offseason to strike a deal with Brown — barring a miracle before Monday’s deadline.