In preparation for the NBA Draft, Zach Lavine, shooting guard of UCLA, will hold a workout with the Boston Celtics according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
Good group tomorrow in Boston working out for Celtics: Julius Randle (separate workout), Marcus Smart, Nik Stauskas and Zach LaVine.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 12, 2014
Since the NBA Draft Combine, the Zach Lavine hype train has been off the rails. He’s filled with potential, but it’s hard seeing that potential be an immediate factor. Through the combine, Lavine showcased his two biggest talents: three-point shooting and athleticism. Noted a combo guard coming into the draft, some scouts have opted to compare Lavine to a Russell Westbrook-type prospect.
While Lavine is expected to be near-lottery pick, there’s almost no chance the Celtics consider drafting the uber-athletic guard with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. That leaves them with the chance that select Lavine with the 17th overall pick acquired in the trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets last summer. By selecting Lavine, that could write the obituary for Avery Bradley as a Celtic who is a restricted free agent this summer.
During his lone season at UCLA, Lavine averaged 9.4 points on 44 percent shooting (37 percent form three) and 1.8 rebounds while boasting a PER of 14.6.