The Celtics would have selected Joel Embiid with the No. 6 pick in the NBA Draft had the Kansas center slipped to them, Ainge told the Toucher & Rich show Friday morning.
"He was not red-flagged, meaning, “Stay away at all costs.” said Ainge. "He was rated a little bit less than that with risk, but he was guy that we were looking at had he fallen."
Asked directly if he would have selected Embiid, Ainge said, "Yes, we would’ve."
Ainge was less direct on who he would have taken with the No. 1 overall pick, and he was even less forthcoming on whether or not discussions have continued about Minnesota's Kevin Love, citing Love's being under contract with another team.