That said, Kansas forward Josh Jackson probably didn’t do himself any favors with his last-minute cancellation of a scheduled workout with Ainge and others from the Celtics organization in Sacramento.
Jackson ended up getting drafted right behind Tatum, at No. 4 overall by the Phoenix Suns.
“Never talked with Josh. No one in our organization did,” Ainge said after the draft on Thursday night. “They canceled a workout on us when we flew out to Sacramento, and they just decided to cancel it as we flew. …
“So there was something that he didn’t want to play for the Celtics. In spite of that, we’ve watched Josh for two years and we’re fans. He’s a terrific kid and a good player. So we tried not to overreact to those kinds of things and make a big deal of it.”
He added: “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.”
In a separate interview, Jackson said he regretted “maybe a little bit” not working out for the Celtics, but quickly added he was “happy, glad to be a Phoenix Sun.”