After the Boston Celtics traded down to the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, many thought the C’s would use their top selection on Josh Jackson. The former Kansas guard was touted as one of the best two-way players in the draft with a very high ceiling. The Celtics certainly had interest in Jackson, and a few team officials, including Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens, flew out to Sacramento to meet with the 20-year-old days before the draft. That workout would never take place, though, as Jackson canceled citing “logistics.” Ainge didn’t seem to be bothered with Jackson’s disinterest with the Celtics, but the team’s president of basketball operations wasn’t too thrilled with flying across the country for nothing. Boston ended up taking former Duke forward Jayson Tatum at No. 3, while Jackson was selected by the Phoenix Suns just one pick later at No. 4. The Suns, obviously, were thrilled to draft Jackson and it looks like they might have had a hand in swaying him away from Boston.
Did Suns Have Something To Do With Josh Jackson Skipping Celtics Workout?
NESN | Jun 24