BOSTON -- Workouts for draft prospects are a thing of the past now. All those months spent by NBA executives and bleary-eyed scouts watching one video after another of some wannabe NBA baller have come to this.
The NBA draft will kick off in earnest tonight, a draft many expect will include teams flipping picks the way the Phoenix Suns hire - and fire - coaches (they’re on No. 8 within the past 11 years).
In what most agree is a good, but not great, draft, those teams with multiple first-round picks, such as the Celtics, are doing what they can to unload their first-rounders in hopes of landing more seasoned talent.
Still, that was the case in 2016 when the Celtics last had a trio of first-round picks and were eager to trade at least one of them before winding up with Jaylen Brown at No. 3, along with Guershon Yabusele (No. 16) and Ante Zizic (23) in the first round.
Boston may once again wind up with three first-round picks, all of whom will be selected from a similar pool of talent because of each pick’s proximity (Nos. 14; No. 20 and No. 22) to one another.
Regardless, the Celtics focus remains on figuring out the best way to bolster a roster that’s now in serious transition.
And the first real crack at doing that begins now.
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