Celtics forward Jayson Tatum knows his name has been brought up in a potential trade for Pelicans center Anthony Davis. But, he’s trying not to focus on the rumors.
“It’s good to be wanted, I guess you could say that,” Tatum told reporters Wednesday, via The Athletic. “But as I said I’m not a free agent, I don’t have any control. So I control what I can control, go out there and play.”
On Anthony Davis rumors, Jayson Tatum stresses he just controls what he can control. Smiled when asked if it’s a compliment he gets mentioned: “It’s good to be wanted, I guess you could say that. But I’m not a free agent, I don’t have any control. So I control what I can control”
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The Celtics have a lot of draft picks and assets and some believe if Boston were to include Tatum in an offer, it would be really difficult for any team to match it.
Tatum is coming off of a year in which he was named to the All-Rookie team and helped bring the Celtics to the brink of the NBA finals in a seven-game thriller of a series with the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
He was the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and a valuable asset a lot of teams would love to have. The Pelicans may ask for Tatum in a deal — though that would have to happen in the offseason, because both Davis and Kyrie Irving signed under ‘The Rose Rule’ after their rookie contracts.
Davis will not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded, agent Rich Paul told ESPN. The Celtics have been rumored to be interested in acquiring the center for a while.
Tatum, 20, is averaging 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in his second season and remains one of the bright young stars in the game. He’s doing all he can, though, to keep it about basketball right now.
“My job is to control what I can control,” Tatum said, via MassLive.com. “I’ve got to go out there and focus on today and just play the game and see what happens.”