Noah Vonleh is apparently out and Aaron Gordon is third:
Pretty much everyone I talk to is indicating that the Celtics are down to Randle or Smart at #6. Gordon seemingly third. Vonleh not in mix.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 25, 2014
Gordon had been a frontrunner for a while and mentioned today that his Boston workout was the most productive, but Givony is reporting that Ainge could be down to Julius Randle or Marcus Smart. Randle has wowed teams with his athleticism and assuaged concerns that his foot injury won't be a problem and the one team ahead of the Celtics in tomorrow's draft in need of a point guard (Orlando) could be in line to pick Dante Exum over Smart.
Randle declined a second workout at Waltham, but Smart used the opportunity to prove his worth to Austin Ainge and Brad Stevens. In some pre-draft interviews today, he mentioned that:
Marcus Smart says that he believes the Celtics really liked his workout and that he feels the team could select him tomorrow night.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 25, 2014
This rumor could be true, but with less than 24 hours to go before the draft, it could also be a bit of posturing on everybody's part. Both players would join a logjam--Smart playing the position of the team's best player, Rajon Rondo, and Randle teaming up with Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk--but it could be a "best player available" pick for Ainge. And then there's the possibility of a trade...