Danny Ainge addressed Jayson Tatum's comments earlier this week that the forward wanted to get drafted by the Phoenix Suns.
Tatum had to be convinced by Mike Krzyzewski to workout with the Celtics before the 2017 NBA Draft.
“There was a story that came out this week about Jayson going to Phoenix. Jayson was never gonna end up in Phoenix. Even if he didn’t come in for that second workout with us days before the draft in Boston, we were still going to take Jayson Tatum," Ainge told Zach Lowe on The Lowe Post.
Tatum said he didn't want to get drafted by the Celtics due to what he thought would be a lack of playing time.
Ainge added that he had his eyes on Tatum the entire draft, even when he traded the top pick to the Sixers.
"We had our eyes set on Jayson Tatum. We were very confident that Philly was taking Markelle (Fultz) and that Lonzo (Ball) was going to L.A. We were very confident in that assessment.”