Here's Why The All-NBA Teams Were Very Costly To The Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are on the verge of elimination, down 3-2 in their series with the Philadelphia 76ers. And while dropping this series would obviously be costly for the defending Eastern Conference champions, what happened during the All-NBA Team announcements Wednesday night was very costly to the Celtics in another way. 

By earning All-NBA honors, both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown became eligible for the supermax contract extension. That will wind up costing the Celtics $613M to sign both of their superstars for the long haul. 

As ESPN's Front Office guru Bobby Marks noted before the announcements, Brown is now eligible to sign a five-year, $295M contract extension this summer, while Tatum will be in line for a five-year, $318M supermax deal after next season. 

Tatum, 4-time NBA All-Star and now three-time All-NBA, averaged 30.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists this season. Brown, who garnered his first All-NBA selection, averaged 26.6 points6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists, all career highs. 

The dynamic duo helped lead the Celtics to the NBA Finals last season, but their playoff lives are teetering on the brink as they head into Game 6 in Philly Thursday night needing a win to stay alive. 

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