Monday, July 1, 2024

Celtics reportedly will sign Derrick White to a four-year contract extension

The 2024 NBA champion Celtics have agreed to a four-year, $125.9 million contract extension with Derrick White, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday afternoon.

According to the NBA insider, the final year of the deal is a player option for White, who turns 30 on Tuesday. The veteran guard averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.2 rebounds this past season, where he shot a career-best 39.6% from 3-point territory while also being named to the All-Defensive second team for the second straight year and finished eighth in Defensive Player of the Year voting.

White's play in the playoffs on the way to his first NBA title was instrumental for the Celtics, as he bumped his scoring to a career-high 16.7 points per contest, to go along with 1.2 blocks as well.

Boston has now nine players under contract returning from this past season's championship run, as White was one of Brad Stevens' top priorities this summer -- solidifying the roster's core for the next several years -- after it was reported that Luke Kornet and Neemias Queta were both re-signed Sunday when NBA free agency got underway.

The Celtics reportedly are set to offer Jayson Tatum a five-year, $315 million super-max extension very soon, making it the richest deal in league history -- to which at that point, all five starters will be under contract at least through the 2025-26 campaign.

Joel Pavón

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