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Boston Celtics Rumors: Names Emerging For Friday-Saturday NBA Draft Workouts

Jerry Lai-USA Today Sports

Following the conclusion of last week’s NBA Draft Combine, the Boston Celtics are ready to move forward and work out a number of potential prospects.

According to a report, 12 prospects will work out with the Celtics over the course of both Friday and Saturday. A few of the names have emerged and all of them fit the range of positional needs for Boston moving forward. The Celtics are entering a transition period this summer with the undetermined decisions surrounding both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce hanging in the balance.

On Thursday, ESPN Boston reported that the Celtics’ Danny Ainge denied the Brooklyn Nets from speaking with head coach Doc Rivers, adding to the speculation that he will return to the sidelines next season. Rivers remains under contract with Boston and Ainge has continuously said that he expects Rivers to return, even though there has been no formal word from either side.

Boston is in a unique situation this June, holding the No. 16 overall pick at the moment with no other selections to their name. The Celtics are heavily being rumored to be looking to make a move during the draft, but that does not mean that they don’t plan to workout a number of prospects. In fact, most of the names listed for Friday and Saturday include second round potential, which is interesting considering they don’t currently hold a pick in that round.

The prospects that are expected to workout on either Friday or Saturday include Steven Adams, Jeff Withey, Phil Pressey, Peyton Siva, Gregory EcheniqueColton Iverson, Myck Kabongo, Pierre Jackson and Shane Larkin.

The original report from Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe says that the expected workout will include 12 total players.

 

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