On draft night, Danny Ainge was making phone calls left and right.
One of them happened to be to the Charlotte Hornets. The Celtics were looking to take Charlotte’s ninth overall pick, however, Michael Jordan wasn’t having any of that.
The Celtics offered four first-round picks for the chance to move up from no. 16 to no. 9: that 16th pick, no. 15 (acquired in a prearranged contingency deal with the Hawks), one unprotected future Brooklyn pick, and a future first-rounder from either the Grizzlies or Timberwolves, per sources familiar with the talks.
Some members of Charlotte’s front office liked the Boston deal, but Michael Jordan, the team’s owner and ultimate decision-maker, preferred Kaminsky to a pile of first-rounders outside the lottery, per several sources.
Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all-time, but when it comes to evaluating talent, the 6-time NBA champion isn’t the best to say the least. After all, he was responsible for selecting one of the biggest busts ever, in Kwame Brown.
Turning down four first round picks instantly puts a lot of pressure on Frank Kaminsky moving forward.