WALTHAM, Mass. -- Kentucky forward Julius Randle is expected to work out for the Boston Celtics on Friday, but the team doesn't expect any limitations despite reports that suggest Randle could require foot surgery following the draft.
ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman notes that Randle is scheduled to work out individually for Boston, and not as part of a group session. The Celtics said they were not expecting the foot to deter Randle from performing any individual drills.
"[The reports about Randle's foot are] something that we’ve certainly read and are aware of and have been checking out," said Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge. "But he will work out for us [Friday] and has full clearance."
Several team executives told ESPN that the 6-foot-9 Kentucky forward's broken right foot hasn't healed correctly -- and sources confirmed a Yahoo Sports report that Randle may need surgery after the June 26 NBA draft, keeping him out of summer league.
Randle, a potential option for Boston picking at No. 6, refuted those reports on Twitter: "I never do this but it was brought to me and it's crazy how people put stories out there and have no clue what they're talking about," he wrote, adding, "No disrespect but check with the actual source next time before you put something like that out there."
The Celtics are prepping for a loaded Friday workout, which is also expected to include at least three other potential lottery picks: Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Michigan's Nik Stauskas, and UCLA's Zach LaVine.
• Stauskas was in town a day early and visited the team's practice facility to get up some shots while Thursday's six-man crew -- Arizona's Aaron Gordon, Creighton's Doug McDermott, Louisville's Luke Hancock, Memphis' Geron Johnson and the Syracuse duo of C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant -- wrapped up their hour-plus session.
• Ainge said Johnson tied the team's record in the workout-closing three-minute sprint drill (playfully dubbed the Boston Marathon). Northeastern's Jon Lee set the record last year at 29½ lengths. "[Johnson's run] was very impressive," said Ainge. "He’s really fast. And in great shape. It was very, very impressive, because it was a hard workout."
• Boston's Thursday workout featured a mix of young and old, and the difference was evident. "Luke Hancock and Doug McDermott, you can tell are savvy veteran guys," said Ainge. "Those guys play like 10-year vets in the NBA; they know what they’re doing out there. Some of the younger guys have some catching up to do out there, but that’s part of what makes [Hancock and McDermott] good players; they both had great careers."