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Lou Williams' signed jersey for Jayson Tatum came with a cool message

Celtics

The Boston Celtics fell to the Hawks on Wednesday night, but Jayson Tatum didn't leave Atlanta empty-handed.

That's because veteran Hawks guard Lou Williams gave Tatum his game-worn jersey which included a hand-written message for the Celtics All-Star, according to Tatum's Snapchat.

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Here's a photo of the jersey, which Tatum showed off on his Snapchat late Wednesday night:

"To: J.T. My dawg, Much love," Williams wrote on the jersey.

Jersey swaps are common practice in the NBA and a sign of respect for opposing players, so it was cool to see Williams show Tatum some love. While Williams has never made an All-Star team, he's a three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year and the league's all-time leader in points scored off the bench over a 15-plus-year career with six different teams. So, he knows talent when he sees it.

Tatum already has become a household name in his own right and delivered a strong performance Wednesday night in Atlanta, dropping 34 points on 12 of 22 shooting with nine rebounds and five assists.

Tatum also has the respect of his upcoming opponent: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James declared the 23-year-old an "absolute problem" back in February 2020. Tatum's Celtics and James' Lakers face off Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden.