Celtics GM Danny Ainge calls Jaylen Brown extension report ‘inaccurate’

Jaylen Brown

“We’ve given him numerous offers. We’ve been negotiating for a little while. So, that’s all,” Ainge said Thursday.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge refuted a recent Yahoo Sports report that claimed star Jaylen Brown turned down a four-year, $80 million extension.

Ainge clarified Thursday on Boston’s WBZ-FM radio that negotiations are “going well.”

It was unclear whether Ainge was characterizing as incorrect the reported terms of the deal or that Brown had turned it down.

“It’s just not an accurate report, that’s all,” Ainge said (per NBC Boston). “We’ve given him numerous offers. We’ve been negotiating for a little while. So, that’s all.”

Yahoo Sports’ report noted that Brown declined the offer because he “believes in his ability to one day be a star and is pursuing a bigger offer.” But Ainge said Brown “doesn’t seem to be too stressed about” reaching a new deal.

“He seems to be good and playing well and in good spirits and working hard,” Ainge added. “It’s hard not to think about it at all. I think every player would. But I think that we’re in a good place, and we’ll see what happens over these next few days.”

The Celtics have until Monday to agree to a new extension with Brown, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Brown impressed this summer with Team USA at the FIBA World Cup playing alongside new teammate Kemba Walker. The two are now with the Celtics and hope to improve on a 49-33 season from last year.

Brown, 22, was selected by Boston in the first round of the 2016 draft and is entering his fourth season. He’s coming off a season in which he averaged 13.0 points with 4.2 rebounds while shooting 46.5% from the field.