The great Anthony Davis trade saga is expected to resume talks in the summer. After a rather dramatic deadline, teams will have the chance to bid on A.D.’s services again. The hire of former Cavs GM David Griffin within the organization adds a new dynamic to the situation.
Still, everything hinges on Jayson Tatum. The Pelicans and Griffin are high on the kid. The problem is, he has failed to live up to the hype so far in his sophomore season and has gone shrunk under the stardom of Kyrie Irving.
If Tatum continues to underperform in the postseason, it could impact his trade value in the summer, leaving the door open for other teams to acquire Anthony Davis.
“Tatum finds himself in an unusual spot, compared with fellow N.B.A. sophomores like Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons. The better Tatum plays, especially in this postseason, the more likely he is to be linked to trade rumors, particularly those involving Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans’ star who has requested a trade that could shift the competitive balance in the N.B.A.”
“But if he cannot live up to the hype he created in last year’s playoffs — that is, if he becomes just another guard — the Pelicans may be more likely to accept a package from the Los Angeles Lakers or another team besides Boston.”
He is doing well enough in the postseason so far, putting up 20.5 points per game on over 50% shooting. Very efficient numbers in a 2-0 start for the Celtics.
This type of play in last year’s playoffs is what generated the hype for Tatum in the first place. The fact that he was able to step up in the most important situations gave the kid some real value in the eyes of many GMs around the league.
If he continues and does not slide off, there is a good chance he gets traded. If not, and he reverts back to his 2018/19 regular season form, then he might end up staying with Boston. No doubt, a weird situation for any player to be in, especially one who is just 21-years old.