Jayson Tatum became an All-Star in Boston, but revealed that he wanted to go to the Phoenix Suns during the 2017 NBA Draft work-outs.
“Earl [Watson’s] my guy. I went to dinner with him,” Tatum told Matt and Stephen. “The next day, I remember he picked me up, he had a white [Mercedes-Benz] G Wagon, he drove me around and showed me like all the houses where the players live at.
I called my fam, my mom, I’m like, ‘Yo, I think I want to go to Phoenix.’ Earl Watson, he’s like, ‘You come to Phoenix, you and D-Book, two light-skinned killers, I’mma let y’all rock out,'” Tatum said. “I’m sitting in the car, like, ‘This sounds good! I think I want to come here.'”
The forward was almost sure that he wanted to play in Phoenix, but a call from his agent and the Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski convinced him to go to the Boston Celtics’ work-out.
Therefore, the Celtics selected him as the third overall pick, with Phoenix getting Josh Jackson fourth in the 2017 NBA draft.