The Boston Celtics have picked up the fourth-year option on forward Jayson Tatum. This move comes as a surprise to nobody. The move was reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic and will pay Tatum $9.9 million in the 2020-21 season.
Jayson Tatum Has Option Picked Up
In his first two seasons, Tatum has shown the ability to be a very strong two-way player. However, questions did arise last season about him leading a franchise at the end as the team fizzled out of the playoffs.
Those questions seem ridiculous, but that’s how the sports landscape is in 2019.
However, Tatum is averaging 14.8 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and 1.1 steals per game in his first two seasons. On top of that, he is shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from three.
Tatum could afford to cut his turnover-rate a little, but he improved it last season from his rookie season. Overall Tatum is extremely talented and is efficient.
Along with those offensive numbers, Tatum is responsible for 7.4 win shares defensively, which is actually better than his offensive win shares.
This move was an easy one for the Celtics to make. Being able to have the option to keep Tatum at that price tag for another season is an easy decision to make.
With that being said, don’t be surprised if Tatum gets a sizable extension before hitting restricted free agency.
The questions about Tatum leading a franchise are still out there in some circles, making this a big season for him. With Kyrie Irving gone, this is Tatum’s team.
There is still plenty of talent on this team, especially with the addition this offseason of Kemba Walker. Tatum is the future of the franchise though, and he’s not going anywhere.
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