Would Jayson Tatum Be Untouchable In Trade Talks?

NBA: Boston Celtics at Memphis Grizzlies
Dec 16, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (6) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrate after a three point shot by Tatum in the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics are on a winning streak which has improved their record to 16-10 and ranks number five in the Eastern Conference. Jayson Tatum has been streaky this season but one thing that has been consistent with the young star is his ball dominance. Compared to last season, Tatum is taking more shots as well as having a bigger responsibility in the Celtics’ offense. At times, Tatum’s new ball dominance habit can be annoying. It is particularly the most annoying when Tatum is having an off night and still insists on shooting the basketball. It can also annoy me when he puts up a difficult shot just a few seconds into the possession. However, statistically Tatum is averaging 16.6 points per game and is shooting 46.9% from the field. Also, on nights when Tatum is on his game, he is more than capable of dropping 20 plus points and hit All Star level shots. For both those reasons, I do not have a huge issue with Tatum’s ball dominance but believe he should continue to develop his shot selection.  

The Question: Should the Celtics consider putting Tatum in a trade package?

Tatum is just 20 years old and is on track to become a superstar in the NBA. As a result, any trade that the Celtics would likely consider would be for an established superstar in the league such as an Anthony Davis level talent. Personally, I would do this trade. If the opportunity was there for Boston to acquire a talent like Davis for Tatum, the Celtics should absolutely make the trade based on several reasons. First, the Celtics have a limited window to make a championship run. All Star point guard Kyrie Irving is in the last year of his deal and it certainly is not a guarantee that he will be back next season. Also, Celtics’ starting center, Al Horford, is 32 and is starting to look his age. While Tatum has promise and a high ceiling, he is nowhere near his peak right now and the Celtics may strongly consider trading him for an established superstar in order to win within the next few years.