Payton Pritchard reaches 4-year, $30 million extension with Celtics

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Payton Pritchard has reached a new long-term deal with the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics and Pritchard agreed to a four-year, $30 million fully guaranteed contract extension on Sunday, his agents told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Celtics first took Pritchard with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft out of Oregon. He is the seventh player from that draft class to sign a rookie-scale contract extension ahead of the deadline later this month.

Pritchard is coming off his least productive year in the league last season, and he was the subject of trade rumors this past offseason. He reportedly “made it clear” to the organization that he wanted to be moved earlier this summer, but that never happened. Pritchard averaged just 5.6 points and 1.3 assists while playing in only 13.4 minutes per game off the bench last season, all of which are career lows. He’s averaged 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game throughout his three seasons in the league.

He also became just the second player in league history to drop a triple-double with nine 3-pointers in a game last season. James Harden is the only other player to accomplish that feat.

Payton Pritchard is expected to have an expanded role with the Celtics next season.

Payton Pritchard is expected to have an expanded role with the Celtics next season. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images) (Winslow Townson via Getty Images)

Pritchard’s new deal was made with the expectation that he will have an expanded role off the bench with the franchise this season, according to Wojnarowski. It’s unclear what that role will look like specifically.

The Celtics went 57-25 last season and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year, though they were knocked out by the Miami Heat. The Celtics will open their season against the New York Knicks on Oct. 25.

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