What did Jayson Tatum say to persuade Damian Lillard to join Celtics? Looking at NBA star’s failed attempts to convince ex-Blazers ace

The NBA off-season is coming to a close with trade rumors and player recruitment stories, and one of the hottest topics revolved around Damian Lillard’s trade request to leave the Trail Blazers in pursuit of a championship.

As one of the league’s top talents, Lillard was a powerhouse in himself in that Portland Trail Blazers before making a move to the Milwaukee Bucks. But as per Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum, there were attempts from his side to woo Lillard to join their ranks. 

What pitch did Jayson Tatum deliver to Damian Lillard?

In an interview with Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Tuesday, Jayson Tatum revealed that he had approached Lillard to join forces with him in Celtics. “I told him Boston would love to have you if he ever considered it”, was the words he told the ex-Portland Blazer’s PG.

While Jayson also revealed that it wasn’t his intention to change Lillard’s mind amidst his trade rumors, Tatum had enticed a vision of the two dynamic playmakers sharing the court, emphasizing the potential chemistry and explosive offensive firepower they could create together.

The two have played together in the USA Basketball team and also won a gold medal. While the “dream” move wasn’t possible, Jayson Tatum has always respectable Lillard’s choices and decisions, although once in a while he would remind Dame, how Boston is a great place if he didn’t know.

Jayson Tatum talks about pressure of upcoming NBA season

As the NBA gears up for the highly anticipated 2023-24 season, Boston Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum talks about mounting pressure with expectations soaring high after a busy offseason.

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The Boston Celtics have been quite occupied in the NBA market with deal after deal, one being the trade of Marcus Smart, who also tied the knot this offseason, that saw them with the arrival of the big man Kristaps Porzingis. With a lucrative contract extension followed by more blockbuster signings, Jayson Tatum talks about achieving more as per the expectations of their fans.

While acknowledging personal goals and pressure, Tatum insisted that success in the NBA relies heavily on team dynamics. And as much as it is difficult to climb all the way to the top, Jayson Taytum reveals how to get there, saying one must have these expectations and pressure.

Will Jayson Tatum be able to lead his team to a possible championship campaign in the new season? Share your take with us below.

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Sami Haider is an NBA writer at SportsKnot. His foray into basketball scriptwriting started in 2020, when he was enthralled by the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championship victory. His previous experience was limited to dribbling and dunking as a neighborhood kid. His insightful writings show how much he loves the sport. His writing goes beyond numbers and scores, giving readers a unique viewpoint on the players, teams, and events that define the basketball scene. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual observer, Sami's work is essential for anybody trying to expand their knowledge and love of the NBA.


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