WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Celtics general manager Danny Ainge’s biggest regret from draft night is that he didn’t go out and face the boos from the Boston fans personally. Ainge said he had no regrets about drafting California forward Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 overall pick Thursday night. But the fans wanted someone else – like Providence guard Kris Dunn. And they were also hoping that the Celtics would trade some of their record eight picks for an established NBA star. Ainge said he was busy getting ready for the next pick when owner Wyc Grousbeck got an unpleasant reception from the several thousand fans at the TD Garden draft party. Otherwise, he would have welcomed the chance to explain himself.
The Mavericks, upon agreeing to terms with DeAndre Jordan last summer, believed they situated themselves as a legitimate contender to sign Kevin Durant. Oops. Jordan returned to the Clippers, and Dallas rode a hastily assembled roster as far as it could (to a first-round loss). That probably won’t sway Durant. Assuming it doesn’t, Dallas has a new more realistic plan: Mike Conley and Hassan Whiteside. Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein of ESPN: The Dallas Mavericks expect to be granted a meeting in the opening hours of free agency with Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, one of the Mavericks’ two primary targets this summer, sources told ESPN.com. Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is the other