It seems like the Suns were behind Josh Jackson skipping Celtics workout
The Suns, who were one pick after the Celtics in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft, knew that they wanted Josh Jackson.
So much so that it appeared that they worked as a team with Jackson’s camp to by all means ensure that Boston would pass on the Kansas standout at No. 3.
It was just this past week, with the Celtics wanting a look at Jackson before the draft, that C’s president Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens boarded a plane from Boston to Sacramento. It was while they were in the air, however, that Jackson’s camp called Ainge to let him know that Jackson was canceling their scheduled workout.
Ainge was understandably furious with the situation.
But it’s possibly, if not likely actually based on his comments that came out of an introductory presser this weekend, that Jackson’s camp did not act alone. They had some helping hands, namely those of Suns GM Ryan McDonough.
“I think you guys who know me well know how competitive I am,” McDonough said of Jackson’s brash last-second decision to skip his workout and if there was anything nefarious on the part of the rebuilding Suns as a means to get their guy..
“Look, it is a competition. The Celtics were ahead of us at No. 3 and they could have selected whoever they wanted to,” McDonough, who was once an assistant GM in Boston under Ainge, continued. “I think they got a very good player in Jayson Tatum, but that doesn’t mean [Jackson’s agent] B.J. [Armstrong] and I and…other members of my staff couldn’t talk and try to formulate the best plan to get a player we were really high on to a place we felt he really wanted to go and would be a great fit for him.”
The Celtics are unlikely to hold a grudge regarding Jackson’s decision, as they continued to hammer home the point that Jayson Tatum was their guy at No. 3, but it does explain what seemed like one of the stranger moves for a straight-up rookie.
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