The Celtics season has been over for more than a month now, but many decisions must still be made concerning the future. Danny Ainge is yet to tip his hand in any direction regarding Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett’s return.
Even Doc Rivers isn’t assured to be back, as he’s yet to officially announce his intentions for the upcoming season.
Ainge continues to plan for the NBA Draft though, working out several prospects in the past few weeks. Point guards Peyton Siva, Shane Larkin, and Dennis Schroeder have been in for workouts, as well as big men Mason Plumlee and Jeff Withey.
Another line of prospects are scheduled to visit the Celtics practice facility soon, one of them being Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The Bucks will resume workouts this week with one of their primary draft candidates expected to be on hand.
That’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a former Georgia standout who is generally regarded as one of the best shooting guards in the draft.
Caldwell-Pope has already worked out for Cleveland, Portland and Minnesota. He will work out for Boston officials on Thursday, two days before his scheduled workout with the Bucks.
Most analysts project Pope to be taken somewhere in the mid-first round, and possibly even sneaking into the top 10 if the Timberwolves decide to pull the trigger.
With Pierce’s future in doubt, it makes sense that the Celtics could be looking to add another wing scorer.
Caldwell-Pope proved he could put the ball in the basket this past season, averaging 18.5 points per game. He can do more than score though. At 6-foot-6 he was one of the better rebounding guards in the country, grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game.
Those impressive statistics led to him to being named SEC Conference Player of the Year in 2013.
Even if Pierce returns, Cadlwell-Pope could be best served to learn under the future Hall-of-Famer’s tutelage for a season before becoming an integral part of the lineup in 2014.
Check out the scouting video of Caldwell-Pope below, along with an interview from the NBA Draft combine.