A lot has been made of the Boston Celtics not being able to secure a pre-draft workout with Josh Jackson, but the former Kansas star insists he is not sending the team a message.

Jackson told reporters on Wednesday that he would ‘love’ to play for the Celtics.

ESPN’s Chad Ford reported earlier in the week that Jackson would not work out for the Celtics without assurances that they were keeping the No. 3 pick and planned to use it on him. Jackson told ESPN.com on Wednesday that he didn’t want to work out for the Celtics when they were picking first overall, but his mindset changed when they traded down. By that point, he says, it was too late to set something up.