Why does Jayson Tatum have interest in All-NBA point guard?

Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

The Boston Celtics offseason is entering a strange phase as the Jaylen Brown extension has not been signed, and Jayson Tatum has been linked with interest to other All-NBA players. There have been rumblings that Tatum is trying to convince Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard to join the Celtics.

The timing of the rumors is interesting considering the lack of an extension for Brown. Ultimately, I wonder if there is a deeper meaning to Tatum’s interest in Lillard.

Tatum and Brown have become an elite duo in the NBA, and they each possess a skillset that few wings have. However, after years of failing to get over the hump, distrust, and doubt could be creeping into Tatum’s head. I wonder if Tatum doubts whether Brown is the right Robin for his Batman. This is why I am not surprised to hear the rumblings about Tatum’s interest in Lillard because I think it’s a sign of a potential big move.

Jayson Tatum doesn’t want a Big Three with Damian Lillard and Jaylen Brown

I don’t think that Tatum’s interest in Lillard is connected to his wanting to form a big three with Brown involved. Although it is only speculation, I think Tatum may know something we don’t about Brown and his desire to be in Boston. Tatum could be looking for his next superstar teammate, as Brown could potentially not sign his extension.

The Celtics have to consider a Lillard trade because it could help take them over the top and deliver the first championship in over fifteen years. Having a big three of Lillard, Tatum, and Porzingis gives excellent versatility and a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. If the Celtics were to make Brown available, they would easily have the best offer for Lillard’s services.

Ultimately, it will be interesting to see what happens with Lillard and the ramifications it has on the Celtics next season.