Blakely: NBA Mock Draft 3.0

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Blakely: NBA Mock Draft 3.0

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Follow @sherrodbcsn WALTHAM The NBA draft is about 24 hours away, with teams across the country getting in last-minute workouts of potential draft picks.

Teams have a pretty good feel for what they want to do on draft night by now, with some likely to trade up, others down and in all likelihood, a couple will trade completely out of the first round.

As for the Boston Celtics, the C's seem poised to keep the No. 25 pick.

Picking that late in the first round rarely results in an impact player immediately.

But picking that late in the first, the Celtics may be willing to take a flyer on a player with tremendous upside who isn't quite ready to contribute right away.

"Not trying to put a negative spin on this; trying to be realistic," said Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations. "The 25th pick of the draft is probably not going to help us immediately. but there are some players that we think can fit our roster, the personality of our team, make our team better in practice and add depth to our roster."

1. Cleveland
Kyrie Irving
6'3''
191
PG
Duke
2. Minnesota
Derrick Williams
6'8''
248
SFPF
Arizona
3. Utah
Brandon Knight
6'3''
177
PGSG
Kentucky
4. Cleveland
Enes Kanter
6'11''
259
PFC
Kentucky
5. Toronto
Jan Vesely
6'11''
230
SFPF
Czech Rep.
6. Washington
Marcus Morris
6'8''
230
SFPF
Kansas
7. Sacramento
Kemba Walker
6'1''
184
PG
UConn
8. Detroit
Tristan Thompson
6'9''
227
PF
Texas
9. Charlotte
Kawhi Leonard
6'7''
227
SF
SDSU
10. Milwaukee
Jonas Valanciunas
6'11''
240
C
Lithuania
11. Golden St.
Chris Singleton
6'9''
230
SF
FSU
12. Utah
Jimmer Fredette
6'2''
196
PG
BYU
13. Phoenix
Klay Thompson
6'7''
206
SG
WSU
14. Houston
Donatas Motiejunas
7'0''
224
PF
Lithuania
15. Indiana
Alec Burks
6'6''
193
PGSG
Colorado
16. Philly
Markieff Morris
6'9''
241
PF
Kansas
17. New York
Jordan Hamilton
6'8''
228
SF
Texas
18. Washington
Darius Morris
6'4''
190
PG
Michigan
19. Charlotte
Bismack Biyombo
6'9''
243
C
Congo
20. Minnesota
Kenneth Faried
6'7''
225
PF
Morehead St.
21. Portland
Tobias Harris
6'8''
223
SFPF
Tennessee
22. Denver
Marshon Brooks
6'5''
195
PGSG
Providence
23. Houston
Tyler Honeycutt
6'8''187
SGSF
UCLA
24. OKC
Nikola Mirotic
6'10''
226
SF
Serbia
25. Boston
Jeremy Tyler
6'10''
260
PFC
USA
26. Dallas
Davis Bertans
6'10''
210
SF
Latvia
27. New Jersey
Nikola Vucevic
6'11''
260
C
USC
28. Chicago
Kyle Singler
6'9''
228
PF
Duke
29. San Antonio
Justin Harper
6'9''
228
PF
Richmond
30. Chicago
Iman Shumpert
6'6''
220
PGSGGeorgia Tech.

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Hayward scheduled to meet with C's, Jazz, Heat when free agency begins

Hayward scheduled to meet with C's, Jazz, Heat when free agency begins

Coveted free agent Gordon Hayward reportedly has three teams he is interested in signing with this summer. The Celtics, as you might expect, are one of them.

The other two are the Heat and his team for the last seven years, the Jazz.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Hayward is scheduled to meet with all three teams when free agency begins, starting with the Heat on Saturday and then the Jazz on Monday. His day to meet with the Celtics has yet to be announced.

All three teams are likely to offer Hayward max contracts, but expect the C's to push extra hard to land him as they attempt to "sequence acquisitions" for both Hayward and Pacers star Paul George.