Yes, that is the dumbest headline I’ve ever written or will ever write.
BUT if the Celtics have a soft culture, then trading Jayson Tatum needs to be discussed.
Let’s work with the idea that an NBA team follows the lead of it’s best player, for example, the 2008 Boston Celtics we’re lead by the intensity and defensive drive of Kevin Garnett. If we work with that logic, and the Celtics culture is soft, because of Jayson Tatum, then the Celtics need to deal Jayson Tatum THIS offseason.
Yup, I typed those words. I feel gross about it.
Do I want to trade Jayson Tatum? No! BUT if we or more importantly the Celtics think he’s Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Durant and not a player who can be the alpha to lead the Celtics to an NBA Championship then deal him now.
On June 1st, 2024, I don’t want to be doing the same Felger and Mazz show about the Celtics failing in the Eastern Conference Finals as I did on June 1st, 2023.
I also think you’ll enjoy scrolling the hate tweets I got for promoting a trade Jayson Tatum story on twitter.
So, for the sake of clicks, let’s look at what I believe are realistic Jayson Tatum trade options.