Josh Jackson must have talked to somebody who really likes him, because he’s carrying himself like a player who knows where he’s headed. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, he cancelled a workout with the Boston Celtics, the team currently in possession of the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
High lottery pick Josh Jackson canceled today's workout with the Boston Celtics, source told me and @MarcJSpearsESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 13, 2017
As we mentioned previously, there’s reason to believe Jackson has received a top-three promise, and this only fuels that speculation. Jackson has yet to hold a public workout for the Sixers, so logic suggests it’s the Lakers at pick No. 2 who are whispering sweet nothings into his ear.
That would have a domino effect on the rest of the draft, but more importantly for the Sixers, it could drop Lonzo Ball onto Philadelphia’s doorstep. Ball would be a perfect match for the Sixers, and the team dynamic would help hide some of his biggest weaknesses as a prospect. He would provide floor spacing, amp the team’s passing talent up to 11, and not have to worry so much about driving and dishing with Ben Simmons by his side.
Of course, this Jackson workout cancellation could also point to a promise from the Sixers, we’re just currently in the dark on their interaction with him during the pre-draft process. In any case, it’s a strange turn of events for any player to turn down a shot to workout for the team selecting No. 1, and let’s all enjoy a little Celtics schadenfreude while we can.