Jayson Tatum is excited at the prospect of playing alongside Kyrie Irving for the Boston Celtics this season.
Four-time NBA All-Star Irving completed his switch to the Celtics from Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this week, with Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick being traded to the Cavs as part of the deal.
Small forward Tatum, who was the number three pick in this year’s draft, had feared he might also have been included as part of Irving’s trade, but he is now relishing the prospect of playing alongside the 25-year-old at the TD Garden.
“I was just as surprised as everyone else [about the deal],” Tatum said.
“I saw my name come up, and I didn’t know if I was going to get traded. … It’s all new to me. I haven’t played an NBA game yet; I just came from college.
I don’t know how to handle all the trade talks. I was just like, ‘Wow,’ [when I] saw my name come up.”
Tatum is convinced Irving can deliver success to Boston, who were beaten in the Conference Finals by Cleveland last season.
“I’m pretty sure it will be a lot of fun,” Tatum added. “[Irving is] a tremendous player. A superstar in this league.”
The Celtics claimed the last of their 17 NBA championship titles in 2008, but they are priced at 9.50 to secure overall glory once again during the 2017-18 season.