The Boston Celtics have been widely mentioned as a potential trade destination for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, and general manager Danny Ainge would certainly have to give up a king's ransom in such a deal.
Rising superstar Jayson Tatum - now in his second season with the Celtics - would almost definitely have to be sent as part of the package for Davis. The 20-year-old sophomore wouldn't have a problem understanding why, if the C's were to trade him for Davis.
Tatum talked on the Celtics Beat podcast (via Darren Hartwell of NBC Sports Boston), and gave a short and simple thought on possibly being traded for Davis.
"Yeah, I'd trade me too for Anthony Davis," Tatum said.
Along with the Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers have been widely mentioned as a potential landing spot for Davis as well. Both teams have plenty of young assets to offer up in a blockbuster trade, but there is no clear indication if Davis wants out of New Orleans - and which team he'd prefer a move to.
The Pelicans are struggling with a 19-22 record, which has only added more speculation that Davis will seek a trade to a contender. The 25-year-old is averaging 28.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, but New Orleans has struggled to build around their franchise star.
After a slow start, the Celtics have regained their form and sit fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 24-15 record. Tatum and Kyrie Irving have been Boston's top two offensive performers this season.
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Tatum is averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in his sophomore season, so he would be a prime acquisition for New Orleans in a potential trade for Davis. But again, it remains to be seen if Davis winds up getting traded, and if the Celtics will even pursue him as hard as the Lakers.