Jayson Tatum says trade rumors ‘don’t bother me,’ claims he’ll play for any team
Boston Celtics second-year small forward Jayson Tatum says trade rumors don’t bother him because they’re part of the business side of the NBA.
Tatum will likely be involved in trade rumors this summer, as the Celtics are widely expected to try and trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar power forward Anthony Davis.
The 21-year-old says he’ll play for any team in the league that wants him.
“Trade rumors don’t bother me,” Tatum said, via Sopan Deb of The New York Times. “They’re talking about trading me for guys like Anthony Davis. So, I mean, I must be doing something pretty well. I love the game of basketball. Being traded is part of the game. I’ll play for whomever. It’s something I can’t control.”
The Celtics couldn’t trade for Davis at the February trade deadline without parting ways with Kyrie Irving because of the Rose Rule. Once Irving opts out of his 2019-20 player option with the Celtics, Boston can acquire Davis.
In his second season in the league, Tatum averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.
We’ll see if Tatum is on the Celtics next season or playing in New Orleans.