Jayson Tatum has every right to not feel as though his input with the Boston Celtics front office is unnecessary considering the job Brad Stevens and Co. have done to surround him with talent — this, at least, according to MassLive’s Souichi Terada after No. 0 commented on the lack of consultation on the Jrue Holiday trade.
“To be fair to Tatum, the front office has surrounded him with talented teams — especially in the last couple seasons,” Terada prefaced before saying, “The C’s themselves are taking some gambles by bringing in Holiday and Porzingis, but they’re upgrades for a title-contending roster. It’s clear, too, ownership is willing to spend to ensure the Celtics are competing for the foreseeable future.”
Tatum told Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes that his job is to show up and play, not do what Stevens and the rest of the front office are paid to do.
“I saw on Twitter that we traded for Jrue Holiday and likewise with K.P. and trading Smart,” Tatum prefaced before saying, “I never want to get involved with things like that. My job is to show up and play. It’s not my job to trade and handpick guys or anything like that.”
Jayson Tatum acquiescing to Boston Celtics front office is ideal
The Boston Celtics will never be a franchise that cedes power to a single player. Evidently, Tatum found that out firsthand when the front office traded away two of his best friends, Marcus Smart and Robert Williams III.
Tatum, who, unlike another famous former Cs player who starred in Durham, dropped his ego a long time ago when he joined Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, FKA Coach K, and an unsurprisingly loaded, if ultimately underperforming, Blue Devils squad in 2016-17.
With Stevens looking to build a culture in the same vein as Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, one that consistently wins and is in the playoff picture, having a star like Tatum willing to acquiesce to the front office’s vision is a beautiful first step.