Celtics begin negotiations with Brown on contract extension

Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown averaged 13.4 points in 74 games last season.

The Boston Celtics and small forward Jaylen Brown have begun talks on a rookie-scale contract extension, according to Brian Robb of Boston Sports Journal.

While a deal seems unlikely before next season, Robb confirmed that the Celtics have at least reached out.

Brown would become a restricted free agent if he doesn’t agree to an extension prior to next season. He told Robb he hasn’t put much thought into it yet.

“I’ve been able to watch these guys for three years,” Brown said. “They have their process. They like to take their time. There is no rush at all. I don’t know if they feel rushed. I hope they don’t. There is no rush. They will figure it out or not figure it out. Either way is fine with me.”

Brown, 22, is 6-foot-7 and averaged 13.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 74 games last season.

The Celtics are undergoing a makeover of sorts, having added All-Star Kemba Walker as their point guard after losing Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets. They also lost center Al Horford in free agency to the Philadelphia 76ers and added Enes Kanter.