Tatum, Celtics agree on max extension

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    THE Boston Celtics and star forward Jayson Tatum have agreed to a five-year, $195 million max extension, ESPN reported Sunday.

    The deal could approach $200 million with All-NBA escalators, per the report. The extension takes effect for the 2021-22 season, as the 22-year-old has a year remaining on his rookie contract.

    The Los Angeles Lakers and three-time All-Star center Marc Gasol agreed to a two-year deal, multiple outlets reported Sunday night.

    The Lakers reportedly opened up cap room for Gasol by trading center JaVale McGee and a second-round draft choice to the Cleveland Cavaliers for forwards Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie. Both players have non-guaranteed contracts, so the Lakers may keep both players or choose to waive one or both.

    The 35-year-old Gasol is on the downside of his career after being a stalwart for the Memphis Grizzlies for 10 1/2 seasons. He spent the past 1 1/2 seasons with the Toronto Raptors and was a key figure on the club’s 2019 championship team.

    The Celtics selected Tatum No. 3 overall in the 2017 Draft out of Duke. He broke out in a big way this past season, averaging a career-high 23.4 points per game in the COVID-shortened season. The mark eclipsed his 2018-19 average by nearly eight points.

    Tatum averaged 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals— also career highs— as he was named to his first All-Star team and to the All-NBA third team. He led Boston with 189 3-pointers.

    Tatum averaged 25.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in the postseason, leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals where they lost to the Miami Heat in six games. Tatum played an average of 40.6 minutes per game in 17 postseason contests.

    Tatum is the third player from the 2017 class to sign a max extension since free agency opened Friday, joining Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox.