Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics believed everyone on the team wanted to win at all cost in the 2018-19 NBA season. The only problem is, something just went haywire along the way especially when they got on the court. Somehow, there was misalignment along the way and now the Bean Town squad could find itself retooling in the summer.
Tatum is aware that he could be one person who could be moved this NBA offseason. With team president Danny Ainge seemingly pulling out all the stops to try and snag Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, the 21-year-old has been mentioned as someone who could be traded off along with other high-profile names on the Celtics side. But given the choice, the 3rd overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft would prefer to stay in Boston although he is aware that his fate may not be in his hands, NBC Sports reported.
Whether he stays or goes, the point of the matter here is that the Celtics need to revisit their past NBA season and figure out what went wrong. Tatum believes that no one person is to be blamed for the debacle although he hints that it all boiled down to proper execution. The former Duke Blue Devil believes that the Celtics were unable to consistently do that resulting in their uncanny NBA playoff exit.
Looking at his individual progress, Tatum also believes that he still has a lot to improve on. Though he made some progress compared to the previous season, the 6-foot-8 swingman believes he could have done better and probably did more to help boost the Celtics 2018-19 NBA campaign.
“I didn’t backtrack, I’m still improving in all my numbers, just not as fast as I wanted to,” he said to Jeff Goodman of CLNS Media. “That’s why I’m excited for this offseason and for next season. Hopefully, I’m still on the team. We’ll see what happens.”
Just like other NBA players who plan to work out well this summer, Tatum will not be spared from distractions. With his name linked as possible trade bait for Anthony Davis, the 21-year-old will have to make sure that these murmurs or trade rumors do not affect his concentration and focus as he tries to improve on certain facets of his game. Whether it be still in Boston or someone else, Tatum should be ready to show and improve on his performance come the 2019-20 NBA season.