Sources: Celtics' Jayson Tatum commits to play for Team USA in Tokyo

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Boston Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum has committed to playing for Team USA at next month’s Tokyo Olympics, sources told Yahoo Sports.

The 23-year-old is coming off a career season, averaging 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Celtics. Tatum’s commitment to playing for USA Basketball comes on the same day as Draymond Green and Damian Lillard reportedly committed, according to The Athletic.

Tatum’s ability to score was on full display during the second half of the regular season and into the playoffs. Despite the Celtics losing in five games to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs, Tatum averaged 30.6 points in the series, including scoring 50 points in a Game 3 win. 

In April, Tatum scored 53 points in an overtime victory against Minnesota and 60 points in an overtime victory against San Antonio. And even though it doesn’t count toward regular-season or playoff stats, Tatum scored 50 points in Boston’s 118-100 play-in win against Washington.

 Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in Game Five of the First Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on June 01, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Jayson Tatum will be part of Team USA next month in Tokyo. (Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

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