What Bradley Beal told Jayson Tatum after signing $72M contract extension

Justin Leger

For now, Jayson Tatum is focused on improving in Year 3 and helping the new-look Boston Celtics make another deep postseason run. But if the 21-year-old's career continues on this trajectory, he'll have a nice payday in his future.

One of Tatum's childhood friends, Bradley Beal, had his payday come on Thursday when he agreed to a two-year, $72 million contract extension with the Washington Wizards. Tatum and Beal grew up in St. Louis where they attended the same high school, and their mothers knew one another from volleyball.

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Tatum reached out to Beal upon hearing the news of his contract, according to Jay King of The Athletic, and the Wizards star had a simple message for the C's 2017 No. 3 overall draft pick.

"The first thing I texted him was, ‘Let me hold something,'" Tatum said. "He told me my time's coming."

There's no denying the future looks bright for Tatum. While he has a long way to go to be on the same level as Beal, NBA fans should be prepared for a breakout season out of the former Duke star.

Tatum and the Celtics will begin their 2019-20 season on Oct. 23 when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers.

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What Bradley Beal told Jayson Tatum after signing $72M contract extension originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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