No recent effort by Celtics to add Jimmy Butler, per Danny Ainge

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens speaks to fans during the Celtics’ NBA basketball draft party at TD Garden, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Boston.It feels like a missed opportunity. “He’s a terrific player”.The 6-foot-8 19-year-old sat on a podium alongside President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, head coach Brad Stevens and owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca.Ainge has been honest about the fact that he and the Celtics’ front office felt there was no single clear-cut top player in this draft, which was part of the reason they traded the No. 1 pick to Philadelphia for No. 3. Now we’re starting to really – we’ve got a lot of position-less players that can dribble, pass, and shoot.Nobody is flawless, but Tatum seems like a pretty smart kid and he should fit in just fine in Boston.”It’s great. I think that I get to learn that much more, especially from a veteran team that knows what it takes to get there”, Tatum said”. “I would love to play in Boston”. “They canceled a workout on us when we flew out to Sacramento, and they just chose to cancel it as we flew – just Brad [Stevens] and I and [assistant GM] Mike Zarren flew cross-country”. Kyle Lowry used to play in Houston and he does not intend on returning to the Toronto Raptors, while a report has surfaced that the Atlanta Hawks are looking to pull off a sign and trade involving their all-star power forward Paul Millsap.Asked how confident he is that the Celtics can make a splashy move this summer, Ainge responded, “I’m confident”. “He’s got terrific upside as a player, a great work ethic and his parents have done an fantastic job raising this young man”.”I think July is the busiest time of the year”, Ainge said. At least I had a ball with the Porzingis talk on Twitter yesterday.”I love competition, and I love proving people wrong”, Jackson said. Both players are athletic freaks who are highly competitive.Josh Jackson, who was selected No. 4 by Phoenix, cancelled a workout in Sacramento for Ainge, Stevens and assistant general manager Mike Zarren over the weekend.”One of Jayson’s great strengths is the ability to create shots and we think he is just beginning his training”, Ainge said.As of late Thursday night, talks between Boston and IN for a trade sending superstar Paul George to the Celtics-and potentially Tatum to the Pacers-had cooled.