Exclusive: Jayson Tatum “If I Get Traded, I Get Traded”

Jayson Tatum tells Jeff Goodman on the Good N' Plenty podcast he's prepared for whatever comes this offseason.


Jayson Tatum could be the future of the Boston Celtics. Or he could be playing elsewhere within a couple of weeks.

Tatum is the name that comes up most during trade speculation involving the Celtics, Pelicans and big man Anthony Davis.

Tatum was a guest of Stadium’s Jeff Goodman on the Good N’ Plenty Podcast on CLNS Media and says he’s not worrying about what he can’t control.

“If I get traded, I get traded.

I’m not gonna be upset or mad. I’ll play for whoever wants me. I just love to play basketball.”

Tatum gets why the Celtics would be all in on AD and (as he has told CLNS Media in the past) he would definitely trade himself for Davis straight up.

“People ask me all the time (offseason, last year, all of this year) they ask me how do I deal with it. For me, I tell people all the time I know that basketball. The NBA is a business and people have to make business decisions and it is totally out of my control.”

Tatum also discussed his struggles this year, both personally and as a team. The Celtics did not live up to the hype and Tatum acknowledges lack of chemistry was indeed a factor.

“Yeah, I think chemistry had a lot to do with it,” said Tatum. “I think people kind of undervalue how much chemistry means to things that are really really really successful.”

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Fans and outsider skeptics may be quick to blame problems with Kyrie Irving amounting to the poor chemistry the team had throughout the season. Tatum doesn’t think that’s a fair assumption.

“It’s not one person’s fault. It’s not Brad’s fault or Danny’s fault. I mean, we all played a part, you know. People can blame the GM and the coach, but I mean we still have to go out there and perform and do our job. Like I said, we didn’t always do it.

“I don’t know what people believe on the outside, but we had a lot of good guys like everybody wanted to win. Everybody wanted to make it work, but I don’t know if we knew how to exactly do that. We all got along great, ya know, on the plane and off the court, but, even watching film, it didn’t necessarily look like we were all on the same page during the games.”