WALTHAM — Celtics vice president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Wednesday morning that the club has not made a draft promise to Iowa State forward Royce White and the team is willing to move up or down in Thursday’s NBA Draft. The Celtics own the 21st and 22nd picks.
Ainge also added that he has not heard a decision from Kevin Garnett on his potential retirement or return to the Celtics and that Ray Allen has expressed desire to return.
“We’re having conversations with Kevin but have no answers on when he’s coming back,” Ainge said. “The sooner we can get Kevin done, the better it would be for us. I don’t think it will happen quickly, no. We don’t want to rush him. We don’t want to pressure him.”
As for the promise to White, Ainge said reports that the Celtics informed the power forward that he would be drafted if available at 21 were untrue.
“As a general rule, I don’t make promises,” Ainge said. “I have before, but it’s been a while. And we did not make a promise, no. And the reason is on draft day, I’ll have 10 contingency plans and we’re exploring all the trade possibilities and if you make a commitment, you’re just taking yourself out of that game. You better be sure you have a chance to get that player.”
Ainge would not commit to keeping both picks.
“Yeah we might make a trade,” he said. “Generally we’re preparing to keep them but we’re also preparing to move up and move back and move for future picks. There are all kinds of things that will be on the table on draft night.”