Danny Ainge: Celtics ‘fielding phone calls’ for No. 1 overall pick

Danny Ainge: Celtics ‘fielding phone calls’ for No. 1 overall pick

Danny Ainge says the Celtics are taking phone calls on the No. 1 overall pick. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Danny Ainge says the Celtics are taking phone calls on the No. 1 overall pick. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Celtics fans want to know what Danny Ainge is going to do with the No. 1 overall pick and after speaking with the Boston Globe on Tuesday, it doesn’t appear the Celtics have made a decision on what they want to do, either.

“The only thing we know for certain is we have the No. 1 pick,” Ainge told the Globe. “What we don’t know for certain is who that person is yet and what sort of value the pick can get us if we choose to go another direction other than just drafting that pick.”

One option for Ainge could be trading the No. 1 pick to move down in the draft, or to acquire an established superstar.

“There’s two things that are happening,” Ainge said. “I think the value of [the pick] increases the closer you get to the draft is one, and two is we really need to know the value of the whole draft, because some of the conversations that you have are trading down in the draft and trading picks for players, moving backward and so forth.

“So we’re in the process of evaluating the whole draft, and we’re fielding phone calls.”

If the Celtics keep the pick, speculation is they will take Markelle Fultz. The other top prospect, Lonzo Ball, denied the C’s invitation for a workout.

Despite the perceived slight of refusing the workout, Ainge holds no grudge against Ball.

“It’s just part of the game,” Ainge said. “You know the rules. You know that the possibility exists. Certainly with all the guards we have, we understand how a point  guard would prefer to play somewhere else, especially a kid that grows up in LA. I’m not offended by any of it. I’m not affected by any of it.

“We’ve followed him in the summer in the past and we’re prepared on who he is, and it wouldn’t affect us in any way. I certainly don’t hold it against him or take it personal.”

“It’s strategic,” he added. “Whether it’s right or wrong, it’s what his team of people are suggesting to do.”

The NBA draft is scheduled for June 22.

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