Jayson Tatum was ‘just as surprised as everyone else’ by the arrival of Kyrie Irving

"I know Kyrie really well."

Jayson Tatum during NBA Summer League play. Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Not that long ago, Jayson Tatum was the Celtics’ high-profile offseason addition. Almost exactly two months later, his arrival has been upstaged by multiple events.

First, Gordon Hayward was added in free agency. Then, on Tuesday night, Isaiah Thomas was traded in a package deal to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving. In all, only a few players remain from last year’s roster. The team he thought he was joining on draft night has been fundamentally reshaped in a few weeks.

Clearly, the Irving acquisition stands out among all of the moves. And Tatum, who like Irving went to Duke, appears to be on board with the move.


Here’s what he had to say in a recent interview:

Tatum will likely make his Celtics debut in the season opener against, of all teams, the Cavaliers (on October 17 in Cleveland).