Saturday, August 13, 2022

Jayson Tatum is silent on the Celtics’ offseason moves

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The Boston Celtics were active this summer. After being eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, they have taken steps to prepare for next season as they will be looking to go all the way.

Boston signed Italian forward Danilo Gallinari to a two-year deal after he was waived by the San Antonio Spurs, and they also traded for combo guard Malcolm Brogdon. In that deal, they gave up five players and a protected first-round pick in 2023.

Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum spoke to the media for the first time since his post-finals press conference at the Summer League in Las Vegas. Discussing the Brogdon trade, he admitted that while he will miss his teammates, the deal has helped Boston get better.

“Of course it’s sad to see that your brothers are going with you [Daniel] Theis and Aaron [Nesmith], but we’ve gotten better,” Tatum announced. “[Brogdon and Gallinari are] two experienced guys who have proven themselves and are ready to help us get to the next level, so I’m happy to have these guys.”

In addition, Tatum told the media that he is committed to Boston and that the front office is keeping him updated on his moves.

When asked, Tatum told the media that Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens made sure to keep him updated when he spotted possible moves. However, he admitted it was “just kind of small talk, nothing crazy.”

However, he also threw two of his teammates on the boat with him. He noted that he is committed to the Celtics and that the team, along with Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, will do their part if the front office is looking to improve.

“I’m very interested in being with the Celtics,” Tatum said. “Well, myself [Brown]Smart, whoever it is, just kind of getting that input, which we think could help us get over the hump next year.

Over the past season, Tatum has emerged as one of the best players in the NBA. He received All-NBA First Team honors, averaging 26.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 45.3% shots from the field and 35.3% shots from behind the three-point line.

However, the way the season ended left a sour taste in Tatum’s mouth that hasn’t quite gone away yet.

The media asked Tatum about the Boston Finals loss. He said all that was left to do was move forward and prepare for next year, but the sting of losing in the Finals was still there as the Celtics fell short of their ultimate goal.

“It’s been a great season,” Tatum said. “Two teams are left. Obviously it was tough. We lost, right? We didn’t reach the goal. And getting there, being that close and losing is extremely difficult when you know how badly we wanted it. So just deal with it all summer but try to turn the next page and get ready for next season.”

With the strides they’ve made, Boston wants to go all the way next year, and Tatum appears to be fully on board with the direction the team is taking.

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