According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Kansas small forward Josh Jackson still has not worked out for the Celtics and may not before Thursday’s NBA draft.
ESPN’s Chad Ford followed up with a very poorly written tweet stating that Jackson, a projected high pick, will not work out with Boston unless he is assured that the team will pick him third overall.
Jackson won't workout in Boston unless the Celtics commit that 1. They're keeping the pick 2. He's their guy at No. 3. https://t.co/k3QcBgnmHf— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 20, 2017
Jackson, considered a strong athlete with questions about his shooting, is widely regarded as one of the draft’s top prospects behind anticipated first two picks Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. Last week, an anonymous NBA general manager told Ford that he was “convinced” the Celtics would draft Jackson with the first overall pick.
The C’s, of course, have since traded the first overall pick to Philadelphia and will pick third. Jackson figures to be on the board when they select, assuming they keep the pick. Other candidates to go third include Duke's Jayson Tatum, Florida State's Jonathan Isaac and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox.
The lack of a workout and physical/medical particulars could hinder Boston’s chances of selecting Jackson, but Danny Ainge said after Lonzo Ball refused to work out with the team that the C’s have picked players who wouldn’t work out with them in the past.
“We’ve drafted guys that wouldn’t come in for workouts before,” Ainge told Toucher & Rich. “It’s not the end of the world. We’ve watched them play a ton. We have a lot of information on them. Sometimes players don’t want to come in, not because they don’t like you, they see our roster. They think they would prefer to go to another team.”