Katz is reporting the C's are very high on Nick Young.
The Celtics could throw a curveball at the rest of the lottery. They are working out USC junior guard Nick Young on Wednesday morning at their practice facility in Waltham.
Young, who has been projected by most NBA personnel to go as high as No. 13 to New Orleans, is a personal favorite of Celtics' assistant general manager Leo Papile. Papile wants Ainge and Rivers to see Young before Thursday's draft and decide if he is a viable alternative for the Celtics at No. 5 if the team decides against going with China's Yi Jianlian. Young, considered one of the top shooting guards in the draft, could displace Green, Noah or Brewer as the Celtics' Plan B.
A surprise Young selection that high in the draft would obviously change the entire complexion of the lottery.
I hope they are thinking of trading down for Young, because it doesn't sound like anyone else would pick him between 1 and 12.
The following players are scheduled for predraft workouts today at the Celtics' practice facility in Waltham: Southern Cal guard Nick Young, Fresno State guard/forward Quinton Hosley, Portuguese professional forward Joao Gomes, and Loyola-Chicago guard Blake Schilb.
It is an interesting mix for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that three are shooting guards. Young, in fact, is rated among the top two shooting guards in the draft and is projected to go anywhere from No. 11 to No. 22 in tomorrow night's draft.