Danny Ainge sat with a look of satisfaction Wednesday as he watched Boston play the San Antonio Spurs in summer league action. It’s been quite a week for the Celtics president of basketball operations.
The franchise came to an agreement with Gordon Hayward on a four-year, $128 million deal on Tuesday. (Still a possibility of a sign and trade with Utah) Ainge also watched rookie Jayson Tatum, the No. 3 overall pick, shine in his first two professional games at the Utah Jazz Summer League. Last night he was at it again:
Tatum put on a show again, with 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes. The rookie showed a bit of everything on offense, including a put-back slam that had the crowd gasping and a little fade away jump shot.
“He’s going to be a pretty good player in this league for a long time,” Celtics summer league coach Jerome Allen said. “As the games progress, I think I’m beyond feeling surprise by what he’s able to do on the floor, from a number of different spots on the floor. It’s good to see solid production out of him.”
This kid is going to be a star, you can just tell. Once he puts on muscle and bulks up a little bit, he’s going to be a major force, he looks like a LeBron James that can shoot better. I’m pumped to see this kid develop.