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Celtics have hosted these players for pre-draft workouts, per reports

Celtics have hosted these players for pre-draft workouts, per reports

The Boston Celtics won't know all of their picks in 2019 NBA Draft until after Tuesday night's lottery. But they haven't just been sitting on their hands.

The Celtics and other NBA teams have been busy hosting players for workouts ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, which begins this week in Chicago.

Here is a full list of prospects the Celtics have had in for workouts to date, courtesy of NESN's Chris Grenham:

- Jaylen Nowell, Washington
- Cameron Johnson, North Carolina
- Bryce Brown, Auburn
- Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s 
- Tres Tinkle, Oregon State
- Steven Enoch, Louisville
- Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech
- Alpha Diallo, Providence
- Obi Toppin, Dayton
- Joe Wieskamp, Iowa
- Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra 
- CJ Elleby, Washington State
- Terence Davis, Ole Miss
- Chris Clemons, Campbell
- Nathan Knight, William & Mary
- Courtney Stockard, St. Bonaventure
- Anthony Lamb, Vermont
- Max Strus, DePaul 
- Jarrell Brantley, Charleston

(You can add Quinndary Weatherspoon to that list; the Mississippi State product reportedly worked out with Boston last month.)

Johnson is the biggest name to know here, as the UNC product ranks No. 22 on ESPN.com's NBA Draft big board and has been tied to the Celtics in a few mock drafts.

Ponds, ranked ESPN's fifth-best point guard in this year's draft class, could be an intriguing second-round target for Boston depending on the futures of Terry Rozier and Kyrie Irving, who both could leave in free agency this summer.

Expect the C's to ramp up their workouts in the coming days after the lottery balls determine the fate of their first-round picks Tuesday night in Chicago.

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NBA rumors: Celtics not only team interested in trading for No. 4 pick

NBA rumors: Celtics not only team interested in trading for No. 4 pick

The New Orleans Pelicans appear to have several potential suitors for the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, a selection they acquired as part of the Anthony Davis trade with the Los Angeles Lakers over the weekend.

The Boston Celtics reportedly are interested in acquiring the No. 4 pick, but they aren't alone. The Atlanta Hawks, the only team besides the Pelicans with multiple top-10 picks, also covet the No. 4 selection. Here's the latest update on the Hawks' pursuit of moving up in the lottery.

The Celtics have three first-round picks at No. 14, No. 20 and No. 22. Those selections obviously don't have as much value as Atlanta's first-rounders, but the C's also have talented young players (including Jaylen Brown) and future picks (including a valuable Memphis Grizzlies protected first-rounder) to offer in potential trade packages for the No. 4 selection.

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Boston reportedly is targeting Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland if it were to acquire the No. 4 pick. The other popular names for that range in the draft include Duke guard R.J. Barrett, North Carolina guard Coby White, Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver and Virginia forward DeAndre Hunter. Duke forward Zion Williamson and the Murray State guard Ja Morant are the consensus top two picks. 

The 2019 draft class has been labeled as top heavy by many experts, so it's not surprising teams outside the top five are looking to move up.

Trading up in the lottery isn't the only path for the Celtics to pursue before the draft happens Thursday night. They reportedly "will be in on" a possible Mike Conley trade, and Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal reportedly is a "prime option" for Boston following its failure to acquire Davis from the Pelicans.

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NBA Rumors: Celtics eyeing trade for No. 4 pick to take Darius Garland

NBA Rumors: Celtics eyeing trade for No. 4 pick to take Darius Garland

The Boston Celtics and their three first-round picks could be a wild card at the 2019 NBA Draft.

The Celtics are one of three teams considering trading up to the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday's draft with the intention of selecting Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland, ESPN's Jonathan Givony reported Tuesday.

The New York Knicks own the No. 3 pick, and Givony reports they're seriously considering taking Garland over Duke's R.J. Barrett. Garland suffered a meniscus injury just five games into his lone season at Vanderbilt but was a five-star recruit out of high school who's drawn comparisons to Damian Lillard.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that Boston would rather not use all of its 2019 draft picks, so president of basketball operations Danny Ainge could solve that problem by packaging some combination of the No. 14, No. 20, No. 22 and No. 51 picks to land the No. 4 pick from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Garland averaged 16.2 points per game on 58.1 percent shooting in those five games for the Commodores and would fill a need for the Celtics if Kyrie Irving and/or Terry Rozier depart in free agency.

Update (3:45 p.m.): Another team has jumped into the mix for the No. 4 pick. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, the Indiana Pacers have discussed a trade with the Pelicans for the fourth overall pick. The C's Eastern Conference foe is looking to pair shooting guard Victor Oladipo with a playmaking point guard, as both Darren Collison and Cory Joseph are off Indiana's books. 

O'Connor reports that New Orleans is open to trading the pick — which it acquired in the Anthony Davis blockbuster trade — for either a draft pick-centered package or a player-based offer. The Celtics have both players and draft picks, but unless they value De'Andre Hunter or Darius Garland particularly highly, it's unlikely they part with the Memphis pick or a key player like Marcus Smart.  

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