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Celtics star Jayson Tatum sends powerful message on trade rumours

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Activity-wise, this has been a pretty up and down off-season for the Boston Celtics. On the first night of free agency, as all other teams got things going, the Celtics stayed calm. But then they blew up, signing Danilo Gallinari and swapping for Malcolm Brogdon.

Then, as the weeks dragged on, nothing happened. The Summer League came and went, and there was no action on the Celtics frontline. It was then that news broke that Boston might be interested in trading for Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, with Jaylen Brown serving as a potential centerpiece of the deal.

During a recent interview on the Celtics Laboratory Podcast, Jayson Tatum spoke to host Justin Quinn about how he personally deals with trade rumours. The Celtics star said he’s gotten used to it now and that people spreading rumors usually just want to make noise and stir up speculation.

“It’s just the world we live in, right? It always comes from an anonymous source,” Tatum told Quinn. “But it’s always doing ESPN or Twitter or whatever, and everybody sees it. So you never know what’s true and what’s not, but it gets people talking about it and I think that’s the idea. They got what they wanted out of the deal for people to talk about and speculate about.”

He also said he tries not to believe everything he sees.

Twitter, and the internet in general, has become a hub for rumor, speculation, and trade discussions. And often the players involved in these discussions see all the noise. Tatum said he does his best not to believe everything he sees and only tries to control what he can control.

“If you pay attention to everything you see on Twitter or on TV, you’re driving yourself crazy. I think that’s just something you have to learn just to keep your own sanity and peace,” Tatum said. “They will say literally anything, and some of it could be true, and there are other things that just couldn’t be further from the truth…. We don’t know who said it, so just control what you can control. That’s what I always live by.”

While Tatum may not get caught up in trade rumors even this offseason, he has been subject to this drama in the past. When Anthony Davis was bought in 2019, Tatum was mentioned as a potential bargaining chip for Boston.

And this isn’t the first time Tatum has told the media not to believe everything they see.

At the premiere of the film NYC point gods, which Durant was executive producing, reporters caught up with Tatum and asked him about the rumors. When asked whether or not Brown had been thrown into a potential trade package, Tatum echoed the sentiment he expressed to Quinn — don’t believe everything you see.

“I don’t believe everything I see on TV” Tatum told reporters. “I’ve seen some lies about me, so you never really know what’s true and what’s not.”

Trade rumors surrounding the Celtics and Durant are likely to drag on until the superstar is relocated. So everyone buckle up, and like Tatum said, don’t believe everything you see.

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