Jaylen Brown had a significant four days.
Brown was quoted extensively in both pieces, including a noncommittal answer about his future in Boston that made headlines Tuesday.
“I don’t know. As long as I’m needed. It’s not up to me,” Brown told The Ringer’s Logan Murdock. “We’ll see how they feel about me over time and I feel about them over time. I hope whatever it is, it makes sense. But I will stay where I’m wanted. I will stay where I’m needed and treated right.”
Jaylen Brown shared some interesting comments about his future with the Celtics
Brown is under contract through the 2023-24 season but will be eligible for an extension this offseason, and his comments have led many to speculate whether he will agree to that extension or seek of opportunity elsewhere.
So, after Boston’s win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, Brown was asked how he felt about his current situation.
“I feel good,” Brown responded, as seen in the video above. “On a 50-win team today, which you can’t take for granted. Tonight was the (Celtics’) 50th win. And right now I’m focused on helping lead my team for another playoff run. In terms of speculation, etcera, I cannot think of anything more than what I am doing now.”
Brown added that he is considering speaking directly about some of the speculation that has arisen from his recent comments.
“I think sometimes when people write articles, they get taken out of context sometimes, especially when the writers have their own agendas or whatever,” Brown said. “So, for me personally, I’m thinking about clarifying some of the things that have recently been said. But other than that, I’m just focused on my team. I’m focused on playing basketball and focused on winning games.”
For Brown, there is an important difference between people reading his comments on an article and watching him deliver those comments directly to understand his tone and body language.
“Right now, the only thing I want to make clear is the Celtics need to play better and win more games, Brown said. “If I want to say something in the future about those kinds of things floating around, I will .
“But in terms of right now, I like when people hear things from the horse’s mouth and you can see my reaction, my face and everything, how I feel about what I’m saying. Sometimes those things can get lost in translation, you know?”
Whatever Brown had in mind about the future, it clearly didn’t affect him in the present. The All-Star guard has been the Celtics’ best player in March, recording his sixth straight game with at least 24 points Tuesday with a 27-point effort on 10-of-16 shooting. Brown is averaging 27.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists this month on 50.9 percent shooting and has been instrumental in keeping Boston going despite Jayson Tatum’s recent offensive struggles.
Most importantly for Celtics fans, Brown appears fully committed to the team’s goal of returning to the NBA Finals and handling Boston’s unfinished business.
“I maintain constant communication with my teammates and my organization,” Brown said. “We’ve got to have everybody on board if we want to do what we say we’re gonna do, so right now, I’m focused on that.”