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Jayson Tatum mentioned Boston’s atmosphere, fans when selling Kemba Walker on Celtics

Nick Friar
August 02, 2019 - 7:15 am

Kemba Walker coming to Boston went from a pipe dream to a done deal in what felt like two seconds. He was among the first players to agree to a deal with a team at the start of the NBA’s Free Agency Moratorium.

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It seemed the Celtics, like pretty much every other team, had put in the work to land themselves a star prior to the official start of free agency. While Danny Ainge received all the credit for turning Kyrie Irving’s disappointing end in Boston into a new hope with Walker, he and the rest of the front office weren’t the only ones who did their best to recruit the point guard.

After the season and before the start of free agency, Walker and Jayson Tatum were in Paris for a Jordan Brand event. Following his introductory press conference, Walker expressed to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan he and Tatum spoke quite a bit when they were on the trip.

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At an event for his new cologne with Abercrombie & Fitch, Tatum said he thinks their conversations in Paris played a big part in Walker’s move to Boston. And Tatum didn’t directly say, “Come to Boston,” in the process either. He simply rattled off a bunch of reasons why anyone would want to play for the Celtics.

“I just told him about Boston, the city, the atmosphere, our fans, the culture, the coaching staff,” Tatum said. “I answered all the questions he had.

“I’m excited and just ready for the season to start and everybody to be around each other and build some chemistry and just get going.”

Tatum has a chance to develop some chemistry with Walker, as do Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, with Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. All four will compete for a spot on the roster when training camp starts in Las Vegas on August 5.