BREAKING: Celtics Guard Signs Surprising Long-Term Extension

After suggesting last season that he would need to head elsewhere in order to reach his potential, Boston Celtics young guard Payton Pritchard has now decided to re-up with the team on a four-year extension.

It's a 4-year, $30M deal for Pritchard, who is expecting to have a significant role off the bench for Boston this season after a busy offseason for the Celtics that saw them trade key guards Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon, while bringing in 5-time All-Defensive Team member Jrue Holiday.

Pritchard, 25, had complained about his limited role over the course of his first three seasons in Beantown, which actually saw his minutes decrease from year to year, down to just 13 minutes per night in 2022-23. But that should see a significant boost this season.

He's averaged 6.6 points and 1.7 assists over the course of his career, while shooting 40% from three. He's always performed well in his handful of starts, averaging 11.6 points, 4.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds in those nine contests.

With all of the changes to the roster, the 6'1" guard will be counted a lot more in the Boston backcourt.

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