Celtics general manager and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge reports that his club was interested in obtaining the services of Kansas forward Josh Jackson at Thursday’s NBA Draft. That interest was not reciprocated.
Jackson did not work out for the Celtics and cancelled a scheduled workout after Ainge and company had departed on a flight to Sacramento. Boston held the number three overall pick and ultimately acquiesced to using that selection on Jayson Tatum out of Duke. Jackson was then picked fourth overall by the Suns.
"No. No. no. Well, there were thoughts, yeah, I was mad. We flew cross-country. Are you kidding me? I had to get up at 4 o'clock and fly back home."
Originally described as a logistical problem, it was later revealed that Jackson simply didn’t want to be a Celtic.
Ainge says Jackson camp cancelled workout while they were heading out to SAC to see him. “He didn’t want to be a Celtic for some reason."— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) June 23, 2017
And that should make Suns fans that much happier to have him.