As good as Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum is, he is no Anthony Davis. And he knows it.
Maxwell explains what Tatum’s dad said and then what Jayson said:
“Jayson Tatum’s dad came to me … and said, ‘I’ve got a bone to pick with you. … You said you’d trade my son for Anthony Davis.’ And I said, ‘And?’ And he said, ‘Well, I probably would trade him too if he wasn’t my son.’ “
Maxwell then took that story to Jayson, who said:
“Yeah, I’d trade me too for Anthony Davis,” Tatum said.
He meant it. Davis, a 25-year-old five-time All-Star, has been in the headlines all season long for what many are suspecting to be his imminent departure from the Pelicans. With as bad as the team has been, they have been unable to provide Davis with the winning situation stars like him usually go for. Thus, his name has been in connection with several teams around the league for possible trades, including the Boston Celtics.
Even despite all the other assets they have, Anthony Davis would be their biggest get of all. Problem is, the price will be undeniably high, with the Pels almost certain to ask for Jayson Tatum (among others) in return.
It’s a move that Danny Ainge and the would be understandably hesitant with, as Tatum has been invaluable to the Celtics so far. His scoring talent after just one full season in the league has many thinking he’ll be a star of his own.
But even he must admit that if he were running the Celtics, and it was up to him or Anthony Davis, he’d send himself packing.
A truly remarkable statement, but one that’s hard to argue. We’ll see soon enough if Danny Ainge feels the same way.