No recent effort by Celtics to add Jimmy Butler, per Danny Ainge

No recent effort by Celtics to add Jimmy Butler, per Danny Ainge

No recent effort by Celtics to add Jimmy Butler, per Danny Ainge

"I don't understand that", he said.

"I told Jayson this morning that before anybody on our Summer League roster takes the floor, we'll talk about who we want to be and how we want to go about our approach in our business", said Stevens. The 19-year-old was a third-team All-ACC selection.

"You guys all know my history with the Celtics and the respect I have for Danny Ainge and the organization", McDonough said.

This felt like the year that the Celtics were finally going to cash-in some of the assets stashed away in their treasure trove of draft picks. And they certainly know how to throw a welcoming party. Great kid, great work ethic.

He turned out to be correct.

Since trading with the Sixers and landing the No. 3 choice, making Jackson a more viable possibility, Jackson said he and Armstrong couldn't work out the details to visit Boston. Names like Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Kristaps Porzingis and even Anthony Davis all came up as suspected targets for General Manager Danny Ainge to acquire with the first draft pick and various additional players. They had the number-one pick and there was talk from every media outlet about how they would make trades up until the deadline of the draft.

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. Jackson canceled a workout last week while multiple members of Boston's front office were in the middle of a cross-country flight to visit him. You can debate whether Jackson or Tatum is the more talented player, but both Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens made it very clear during Friday's press conference that Boston is high on Tatum's character.

Tatum said he stayed in contact with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski throughout the draft process, and it was Coach K who encouraged him to take the Celtics up on their last-minute invitation.

"They cancelled a workout on us when we flew out to Sacramento, and they just made a decision to cancel it as we flew", Ainge said. "I think there could have been some deals that were a lot more likely to happen had that not happened".

In a vacuum, Tatum is a solid pick and a safe pick.

If people don't believe in me, I make them believers": "Obviously, when you're smaller, you've got to figure out different ways to maneuver around the big guys, different ways to score the basketball around the hoop.

"I'd like to consult my attorney B.J. Armstrong (Jackson's agent)", McDonough said with a smile.
"[This is] a team that was No. 1 in the East last season and has so many great guys and veterans".

When asked about other prospects, Bilas said Jarrett Allen of Texas "is a good prospect" but is raw and his game needs developing; Louisville's Donovan Mitchell - "a$3 powerful athlete who can really defend".

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