Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics is looming as one of the big fishes next NBA season. It is no secret that inking a contract extension was a long shot between the two camps. Regardless, the Celtics allegedly still made an offer.

According to Chris Hayes of Yahoo Sports, Brown was offered a four-year $80 million deal. Brown reportedly turned it down per league sources. The reason behind this is perhaps Brown knows that he could be getting bigger offers. Though next NBA offseason is considered a lean one, the 22-year-old cager could be the prized catch of the mix.

Based on this interview with Brown by The New York Times, it appears the 6-foot-6 cager is aware of it. The third overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft does not seem overwhelmed with extension talks. In fact, it seems he is confident he can get a better deal next offseason.

“But to be honest, [extension talks are] really not overwhelming me or ruling my thoughts. I know what type of talent I have. I’m confident in myself. I’m confident in my ability,” said Brown.

Brown’s stock next summer will depend on his performance in this 2019-20 wars. He made a good account of himself with Team USA and may carry that on to Bean Town this season. However, Brown’s performance will depend on how he can gel with Kemba Walker. The Celtics enter the coming NBA season with a new point guard, something that may or may not work.

Either way, it will be a challenge Brown will need to face. He needs to come up with a good performance to draw interest. It will be an audition of sorts for the 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year if he wants a heftier deal on the table.

For now, most would ask if Brown is worth more than the four-year $80 million offer made by the Celtics. He hardly made noise last season but most feel a different impact this coming NBA season. Teams like the Atlanta Hawks could put him to good use, a team with cap space. Others will pitch but in the end, it will be the numbers game in effect.

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Jaylen Brown suffered a horrific fall during the Celtics' win over the Timberwolves on Thursday. Getty