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Danny Ainge: Lonzo Ball’s camp ‘politely said no’ to pre-draft workout

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed Thursday that Lonzo Ball’s camp has informed the Celtics he will not work out for them prior to the NBA draft. During his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 The Sports Hub, Ainge said it’s not an ideal situation, with the Celtics eager to evaluate all top talent while owning the No. 1 pick. But he noted that the Celtics have drafted players who didn’t work out for them in the past. “We tried to get [Ball] in,” Ainge told the “Toucher and Rich” program while Boston’s front-office staff traveled for a draft workout in New York that included Duke’s Harry Giles and Kentucky’s Malik Monk. “We don’t deal with [Ball’s camp] all that much. They didn’t show up at the combine, which is very common — many of the top 10 or 15 players don’t show up for the combine. … We just tried to get him in for a workout and they politely said no.” ESPN’s…

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