Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is one of the league's biggest bargains, earning just $7.83 million in the league as he continues to grow into a franchise cornerstone for the historic NBA franchise.
The 21-year-old Tatum is in his third season with the Celtics, and he's currently on pace to set career-highs in points, rebounds and assists per game. Should his production remain steady over the next couple of years, Tatum will set himself up for a nice contract well north of $100 million.
Not that Tatum will be needing the money any time soon or anything. The Duke product recently revealed on Kneading Dough (h/t Kathleen Elkins of CNBC) that he has yet to spend any of his earnings from the Celtics.
"All the money I get from the Celtics, I put it in a savings account," Tatum said, while explaining that he tries "to live solely on what I make off the court in endorsements."
Former New England Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski also followed this path. He didn't touch a penny of his NFL earnings, instead choosing to spend the money he made off the field (and there were a lot of endorsements for him).
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Entering play on Monday, Tatum has averaged 20.5 points, seven rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Boston sits second in the Eastern Conference (and first in the Atlantic Division) with an 11-4 record.
Last month, Boston handed rising star Jaylen Brown a four-year pact worth $115 million. This came several months after the Celtics landed All-Star point guard Kemba Walker on a four-year, $141 million deal in free agency. Now, the front office will have to save up every penny they can to eventually pay Tatum what he's worth.