Josh Jackson says ‘logistics’ prevented him from working out with Celtics
Kansas forward Josh Jackson still hasn’t worked out for the Celtics, even though the NBA Draft is just one day away. Despite that, he says he would love to wear green.
When speaking with reports Wednesday, Jackson said logistics prohibited him from working out for the Celtics, who acquired the No. 3 pick from the 76ers last week. It was previously reported that Jackson refused to workout for Boston, because general manager Danny Ainge didn’t guarantee he would select him with the No. 3 pick.
“I’d love to play for Boston,” Jackson said.
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The lanky forward’s explanation for the workout snub is curious, considering teams are almost always willing to accomodate draft prospects they’re interested in selecting. Jackson also told reporters he’s spoken to several Celtics coaches, but still hasn’t gotten on the phone with Ainge.
Jackson, who only shot 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 56.6 percent at the free throw line his freshman season, has several holes in his offensive game. In addition, court documents say he threatened physical violence against a woman’s basketball player during a confrontation in December.
Over the weekend, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman said Duke forward Jayson Tatum would be the best fit for the Celtics at No. 3. “I would take Jayson Tatum,” he said Sunday on Giardi & Bradford. “Jayson Tatum is a Paul Pierce type player. Not as athletic, but he can score the ball. He’s 6-foot-8, he’s got an unbelievable step-back jumper.”
The Celtics dealt away the No. 1 pick to the 76ers, acquiring this year’s No. 3 selection and a future first-round pick. Boston will receive the Lakers’ 2018 selection if it’s within the No. 2 to No. 5 range. If it isn’t, the Celtics will receive either the Kings’ or 76ers’ first-round selection in 2019, depending on which is slotted lower.
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