The 2021 Champions pulled off the biggest deal of the summer after landing Damian Lillard in a blockbuster three-team trade.
He will obviously co-star with Giannis Antetokounmpo, alongside a host of other veterans like Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis.
Boston forward Tatum has shared his reaction to the trade and explained what kind of team he expects the Bucks to be after the acquisition.
“I was surprised,” Tatum told B/R. “You saw the Dame trade talks all summer, and I never saw Milwaukee in that conversation. I never heard about them [being interested]. So, opening up my phone and seeing that definitely shocked me.
“They’re going to have a hell of a team. There’s no way around that. They have two of the best players in this league at two of those prime-time positions. They’re going to be tough, but it’s gonna be fun. I’m looking forward to this season. It’s a lot of really, really good teams in the league and it’s going be some good basketball this season.”
The C’s didn’t recruit too badly themselves after landing former Buck Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis to compliment their talented duo Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Boston has been very close to winning a chip in recent years but with the extra star power this season, they are more than primed for a championship.
Tatum isn’t taking the opportunity for granted.
“There are a handful of teams that realistically have a shot to win it,” Tatum said. ….”I don’t know if it’s pressure, but it’s just not taking things for granted by maximizing the opportunity and the talent. Because you’re not always going to be on a team that has a realistic shot. You can’t come in with the mindset that [this window is] going to last forever and we have so much time.
“No, we need to approach every season like this is the year we have to make it happen, because you don’t want to take any time for granted.”
It will be a massive treat when these two Eastern conference rivals match up during the regular season.
Get your popcorn ready for November 22.