If the Celtics and Brown do not agree on an extension prior to the season, Brown would be in line to become a restricted free agent next summer, meaning Boston would have the right to match any offer sheet he signs with another team. Brown, for one, emphasized that he is not focused on it. “I think just coming out and playing basketball is all I’m concerned with,” he said. “The media, the headlines, the articles that are being written about it, I think that’s more of a distraction more than anything. I’m just focused on basketball.”
January 15, 2021 | 9:35 pm EST Update
Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Kevin Porter Jr. is back. Sort of. For the first time this season, Porter joined his teammates on the bench Friday night — the most promising sign of an eventual return that still has no official timetable.
Porter, who has been away from the team for personal reasons that stem from a Nov. 15 arrest, was permitted on the bench as part of the organization’s reintegration plan. According to sources, Porter also participated in practice Thursday afternoon. “It’s a way to start working him back into the mix,” a source said.
Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel was asked about how Trezz and Marc can match up against Steven Adams and his physicality. “Well those two guys are two of the most physical guys in the league too… That’s what we like about those guys being here at the center position alongside Anthony.”
Tim Bontemps: In addition to the Celtics players still in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols, two assistant coaches — Jay Larranaga and Jerome Allen — also are in them, according to a source. Neither are on the bench for Boston’s game tonight against Orlando.