Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics had to wait to see when their lottery pick in the 2014 NBA draft would fall, but they have known for a while that their second first-round pick will fall at No. 17.
Armed with that knowledge, they got a head start on setting up pre-draft workouts with prospects projected to go somewhere around 17th.
NC State’s T.J. Warren, Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels, UCLA’s Kyle Anderson, UConn’s DeAndre Daniels and the D-League’s P.J. Hairston (formerly of North Carolina) will take part in a workout at the Celtics’ practice facility in Waltham, Mass., on June 3, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday. All six players are wings, although the Celtics also reportedly have workouts scheduled with point guard Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State and power forward Noah Vonleh out of Indiana.
After the Celtics drew the No. 6 pick in the lottery, Ainge, their president of basketball operations, promised a busy month leading up to the June 26 draft. He has said the Celtics could move up, down or out of the draft with their two picks or use both.
The latest NESN.com NBA mock draft has Warren going 16th, Kyle Anderson going 17th, Hairson going 19th, Early and McDaniels going in the 20s, and Daniels falling out of the first round. Smart and Vonleh are widely expected to be gone within the top eight picks.
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