Celtics’ Jayson Tatum reportedly tried recruiting Damian Lillard to Boston after commerce request went public


“I do know Jayson Tatum has known as him, attempt to get in his ear.”

Portland Trail Blazers forward Damian Lillard, left, drives to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 8, 2023, in Boston.
Jayson Tatum made a pitch to Damian Lillard earlier this summer season. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

It looks as if a matter of when, not if in relation to disgruntled Path Blazers star Damian Lillard’s inevitable commerce to the Miami Warmth. 

The 33-year-old level guard and seven-time All-Star has had a standing trade request in place since the start of July, with the Warmth standing as his focused vacation spot as he appears to be like to maneuver on from Portland. 

Lillard’s fixation on the Warmth is so sturdy that the NBA needed to ship a memo to all 30 groups after Lillard’s representatives reportedly instructed groups that he was solely all in favour of approving a commerce to Miami. 

However although Lillard and his camp stay fixated on attempting to facilitate a deal to hitch Jimmy Butler in South Seaside, that didn’t curtail Celtics star Jayson Tatum from making a concerted pitch to the high-scoring guard.

In an interview on the “Sports activities by Northwest” podcast, ESPN’s Marc Spears reported that Tatum known as Lillard after his commerce request went public and tried to promote Boston as a possible vacation spot for him.

Regardless of Tatum’s finest efforts, Spears added that Lillard stays targeted on touchdown in Miami.

“He’s form of received that form of like navy basketball mentality. He needs to work. Additionally, the soundness of the group, the profitable, like they’ve been to the Finals what, seven instances since 2006? Clearly, Bam, and Jimmy helps, no State tax helps, sunshine helps,” Spears mentioned of Lillard’s view of the Warmth.. “And I feel at 33 years outdated, he appears to be like on the panorama of the West and it’s like Mmmm… I feel my likelihood is higher to exit East, and if Miami is ready to make the Finals with out anyone like myself, what can they do with me?’ So, you don’t make that transfer except it’s actually a calculated danger.

“And I do know that Boston, I do know Jayson Tatum has known as him, attempt to get in his ear, however his focus is unquestionably on Miami.”

Even when the Celtics kicked the tires on a possible Lillard blockbuster earlier this summer season, it reportedly didn’t result in a lot traction.

“Whether or not it’s the Clippers, whether or not it’s the Celtics, these are among the many two groups which have had a degree of curiosity in Dame Lillard,” NBA insider Shams Charania mentioned again in July. “The reply has been a powerful no. He needs to be in Miami, interval. And should you commerce for him, I feel there’s the chance of buying and selling for a disgruntled participant.”

“You don’t wish to commerce for a man that you possibly can usher in and he’s both going to be disgruntled, not glad, [and] may ask out once more.”

Tatum and Lillard have loads of historical past collectively, as the 2 performed collectively for Workforce USA in the course of the 2020 Summer time Olympics (ultimately performed in 2021), ultimately profitable a gold medal in Tokyo. 

Again in 2021, Tatum acknowledged that Lillard and Kyrie Irving had been the 2 different NBA stars that he’d select to take the ultimate shot in a decent sport. 

Though Lillard’s scoring contact will increase the Warmth (or no matter workforce he ultimately lands with), the Celtics moved on shortly after Lillard targeted all of his consideration on Miami. Boston ultimately added one other star to pair with Tatum and Jaylen Brown by dealing for large man Kristaps Porzingis again in June.