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Rumor: Celtics down to Smart or Randle at #6

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress is reporting that the Celtics whittled down their decision to Marcus Smart or Julius Randle for the #6 pick.

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Noah Vonleh is apparently out and Aaron Gordon is third:

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:

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...

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