The Boston Celtics became the leading favorites to land Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis as soon as New Orleans decided to not trade him before the deadline. The Celtics are expected to give up a lot of important assets if they plan on landing Davis, this would most likely include giving up a talented young star, Jayson Tatum.
However, this has had no effect on Tatum at all, the Celtics guard’s focus is all about winning games of basketball.
"I'll play basketball anywhere," Tatum told The Athletic's Shams Charania. "I'll play for whoever wants me. That's my job. I know I can't control any of that stuff, so I'm not going to lose sleep over it. Trade talk doesn't bother me. I'll play for anyone."
Tatum’s attitude towards the whole situation is very mature and a good way of handling the unknown. The Celtics young star has proven to have a very positive personality, he spoke earlier this month about how he believes Boston could and would win the NBA Finals this season.
It’s clear one of the first players that the Pelicans would want to take from the Celtics is Jayson Tatum. As the third overall pick in the 2017 draft, Tatum has matured and developed in a very strong and reliable player for Boston. There’s proof that the young star can perform under high pressure as he stood up in the Celtics playoffs campaign last season after Kyrie Irving went down with the injury.
This season Tatum is averaging 16.4 points with a shooting percentage of 45.6 percent, including 38.2 percent from the three-point line. He is one of the main reasons why the Celtics are so highly placed in the Eastern Conference Standings.
The New Orleans Pelicans are most likely willing to entertain the thought of trading with the Celtics due to all the assets that they possess. The Los Angeles Lakers were the team that many expected the Pelicans to trade with before the deadline with Davis having a lot of interest in playing the rest of the season out in L.A.
If Kyrie Irving chooses not to leave Boston and the two franchises can work out a potential deal then the Celtics starting line up is going to look very scary next season.