Celtics having difficult time working out desired prospects
With the 16th overall pick in this month's draft, the Boston Celtics are having a difficult time getting every prospect they want to workout for them. Most of the players they'd like to select aren't willing to meet with teams that don't have a lottery pick. It's understandable, but frustrating.
Here's what general manager Danny Ainge had to say about a process that isn't working in Boston's favor, per the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy:
"Sam Dekker, the Wisconsin small forward who is considered one of the upcoming draft’s more promising shooters, pulled out of a recent Celtics workout that featured some of the better wing defenders on the board, like Virginia’s Justin Anderson and Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
No one wants to look bad at this time of year. And working out for the team with the 16th pick in the draft isn’t exactly a popular draw, either. The Celtics worked out six power forwards today, including Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell. All are projected to be available at spots well below No. 16.
As Danny Ainge recently said, 'I’ve heard from 18 players that they expect to go in the lottery.'”
If a lottery prospect stumbles down to the 16th pick, Boston will have to take him on more of a whim than they'd like. It's obviously not ideal, but so goes the business of the draft.
(h/t: Boston Herald)
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