Royce White canceled the remainder of his workouts, teams believed he received an NBA Draft promise, reporters investigated which team did that, Chad Ford found a source who claimed it was the Boston Celtics, Sam Amick found a source who denied it was the Boston Celtics, and Dan Duggan quoted a source saying the Celtics as a rule don’t give promises.
Where that leaves us, I’m not entirely sure. But I find it difficult to believe Danny Ainge would make a promise with the 21st pick when he loves to leave room for creativity, when he’s considering whether to move up, or stay put, and so much around these Boston Celtics remains uncertain. Making a promise with the 21st pick doesn’t make much sense when a team never knows which player might drop, which lottery-bound talent might take an unforeseen tumble into the early 20s, or what a team might offer in exchange for the 21st and 22nd picks. And Ainge, well, we know he’s about as predictable as a Tony Allen drive to the hoop. Ainge giving a promise at No. 21 just doesn’t seem to fit.
But stranger things have happened.