Latest on Boston Celtics’ Extension Talks with PG Derrick White

Should the Boston Celtics move swiftly to secure an extension for Derrick White before the upcoming season commences and the looming deadline passes?

Derrick White expressed his fondness for Boston and his desire for an extension in a conversation with Malika Andrews on ESPN’s NBA Today back in August.

“I love being here in Boston. It’d be cool to get an extension” Derrick said.

The Boston Celtics have him under contract for $17.6 million in the 2023-24 season and $18.8 million for 2024-25, with the deadline for an extension set at 11:59 p.m. on October 23.

White is coming off a remarkable season, posting impressive stats of 12.4 points, 3.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds, along with nearly a steal and a block per game.

He was also careful with the ball, averaging just 1.2 turnovers per game and hitting 38.1 percent of his 4.8 three-point attempts. Additionally, he earned a place on the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team.

While the initial plan for the Celtics was for White to take over the point guard role from Marcus Smart, he’ll now share that responsibility with Jrue Holiday, forming one of the league’s most formidable defensive backcourts.

The question arises: how long will this duo stay together?

Jrue Holiday is on a substantial $36.8 million contract, with a $37.4 million player option for the following season, and he needs to wait six months before considering an extension.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, it appears to be a long-term plan for both sides, emphasizing that this isn’t a short-term arrangement with Jrue Holiday.

On the other hand, when it comes to Derrick White, discussions are ongoing, but there’s no immediate resolution in sight. Both parties have until October 23 to agree on extending White’s contract.

“Talks are ongoing, but nothing appears to be on the immediate horizon. Both sides have an October 23 deadline to reach an agreement on extending White’s deal.”

The Celtics have already secured Kristaps Porzingis for an additional two years at $60 million, and Holiday seems poised for a multi-season commitment.

They recently inked Jaylen Brown to a significant contract, which could potentially be the most substantial in NBA history, and they plan to extend Jayson Tatum with an even larger supermax deal.

While Al Horford’s return for his age-38 season is uncertain, he’s still under contract for the 2024-25 season.

In the event that the Celtics decide to trade a member of this core, Jaylen Brown’s veteran supermax contract stands out as a significant financial commitment.

This consideration might influence the decision regarding an extension for Derrick White.

However, the organization’s reluctance to add more long-term financial commitments not designated for Tatum is quite understandable.

Given that Derrick White is not set to enter free agency until the summer of 2025, when he’ll be 31, it might be a prudent decision to allow October 24 to arrive without an extension, despite his popularity among the organization and fans.

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