Danny Ainge said the Boston Celtics were "probably offering too much" to trade into the lottery despite having all of their attempts turned down.
The Celtics were reportedly targeting Justise Winslow as high as No. 4 and tried to grab him again when he was available at No. 9. Winslow was selected at No. 10 by the Miami Heat.
"Our probably biggest plan was to try to use a lot of our assets, a lot of our picks, to try to consolidate picks and to move up in the draft," he told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich. "We spent a few weeks trying to prepare for that and do that, knowing that nothing really gets done until draft day, when people are making their final offers, their best offers and so forth. We were very close to consolidating picks and moving up in the draft on a couple of different occasions, and it just didn't happen.
"In hindsight, the next day, it's probably a good thing. We were probably going to spend too much to do what we needed to do," Ainge said. "This morning I wake up, and I'm refreshed that we got guys that we like but also that we didn't overspend for some of the players that were in the draft -- actually just basically one player we were chasing that we thought we had a realistic chance at."
Ainge hinted his offer might have included at least one of Brooklyn's unprotected future first round picks, but the Charlotte Hornets were set on drafting Frank Kaminsky.
"(The future picks) are worth a lot, (but) I think the draft is probably the time where they're least valuable, simply because people get so caught up in players," Ainge said on the radio. "Without mentioning names, there are some players that were drafted at certain spots (by teams) that turned down lots of draft picks that I just don't think was smart on their part.
"But I think our assets have value. On draft day, typically those are hard deals to move. People get so caught up and get so in love with a specific player that that player in their minds becomes bigger than life."