The Boston Celtics worked out former Duke center Mason Plumlee, former Miami (Fla.) center Reggie Johnson, former Belmont guard Ian Clark, and former Northeastern guard Jonathan Lee at their practice facility in Waltham Tuesday, according to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe.
Plumlee, a Second Team All-American in 2013, is the only player in the group projected to be drafted in the first round. The 7-footer averaged 17.1 points and 10 rebounds per game in his senior season at Duke.
Plumlee made major strides in his junior and senior seasons at Duke and he has the size and athleticism that intrigues scouts and NBA decision-makers. His immature post-game, lack of shooting ability and poor defense, however, will likely push Plumlee to the back-end of the first round.
Lee, Johnson, and Clark are more likely to be drafted in the second round or go undrafted all together. The Celtics are probably scouting some of these players in the event that Ainge trades for, or purchases, a second-round draft pick, or to potentially fill out their summer league roster.
Boston currently holds a single pick, 16th overall, in the 2013 NBA Draft. Judging by the players they have worked out, it would appear Ainge and the front office are most interested in drafting a center or a back-up point guard.
There were reports that Ainge had offered a promise to German point guard Dennis Schroeder, who had plans to work out with the Celtics before returning to Germany, but Schroeder and his agent denied the reports.