The obvious centerpiece of a potential summertime package for Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, the latest league gossip indicates that Jayson Tatum would not necessarily mind a move from Boston to New Orleans, per ESPN.
And because of a National Basketball Association rule, they couldn't trade for him as long as Kyrie Irving is on his current deal with the team.
The Lakers had made multiple offers, one of which included five players and future draft picks, but were still unable to entice the Pelicans management to part with their prized asset.
Davis is obviously worth trading for even as a rental at the right price but the Celtics need to do everything in their power to try to keep Tatum. Tatum has faced tough stretches this season, but has still remained one of the Celtics' top players.
The Pelicans seem to be particularly interested in Celtics second-year forward Jayson Tatum. "He wouldn't mind being shipped to New Orleans and being the face of the franchise somewhere", he explained.
"I was talking to somebody about the Celtics the other day and they said the worst thing that happened to the Celtics was their success last season".
According to Stein, Davis's agent, Rich Paul, went to National Basketball Association officials on his clients' behalf to clear him to play, but it wasn't enough to get him moved by Thursday's trade deadline. But, New Orleans ultimately decided not to move him. Because now you've got Tatum, [Jaylen] Brown, [Terry] Rozier - these young guys are thinking, 'Dude, we went to Game 7 of the East Finals without you, Kyrie, without you, Hayward.
His colleague Jackie MacMullan argued that Tatum could become the face of the franchise of the Celtics if there is no trade that is completed for Davis andIrvingsigns elsewhere this offseason.
It's a freakish rumor, and we won't believe until Tatum says it himself. There is always the chance he stays should they re-sign Irving, but not being a long-term destination certainly doesn't help.