C.J. McCollum might make be a top-10 pick after participating in a private 45-minute workout in front of Portland Trail Blazers' owner Paul Allen and the rest of the front office, The Oregonian reported on Monday.
McCollum reportedly interested the Blazers enough that this was the second meeting between the two parties. The Oregonian reported the Blazers met privately with McCollum in Chicago during the NBA Draft combine and Allen took enough interest to watch the workout himself -- only his third this year as the draft rapidly approaches. McCollum was scheduled to have lunch with Allen on Monday as well so that the two could get to know each other.
It's interesting that McCollum has become such a seemingly hot commodity as it was just last year that the Blazers dipped into the mid-major pool to draft Damian Lillard -- a pick that paid off handsomely when he played well enough to become the NBA's 2013 Rookie of the Year.
-- Rumors persist the Boston Celtics have given a draft promise to German point guard Dennis Schroeder (scouting report) and that he will be selected with the No. 16 pick. Schroeder is seen by a lot of scouts as a point guard with tremendous upside. Schroeder is one of the faster guards available and has a huge wingspan, naturally drawing comparisons to current Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.
Schroeder played two years in the top pro league in Germany, despite being just 19 years old, and if the Celtics draft him as planned, they would have to come to terms with the NY Phantoms Braunschweig on his release to be able to play in the NBA.
-- The Cleveland Cavaliers still aren't certain who their top pick will be. The Cavs are said to be waiting on medical-related answers before pulling the trigger on Nerlens Noel (scouting report) with the top pick. Cleveland could obviously use some serious help on the inside, but this year's draft doesn't necessarily provide the immediate answers teams are looking for as Noel and Alex Len (scouting report) -- the two top rated centers in the draft -- are both recuperating from injuries that have sidelined them throughout the draft combines and workouts.
The Cavaliers will most likely take the full time allotted until the draft to decide what to do. Along with the top overall pick, the Cavs have the No. 19 pick in the first round and the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in the second round.
-- Sergey Karasev (scouting report) denies that he has a first round guarantee, but ESPN's Chad Ford believes the Cavaliers will select him with the No. 19 pick. Since Dario Saric withdrew from the NBA draft, Karasev is likely the best international wing on the board. The Russian forward averaged 16.1 points per game in last year's Eurocup with BC Triumph Lyubertsey and was part of the Russian team that took home a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Ford wrote that if the Cavs go big with their first round pick, it looks pretty likely Karasev heads their way later in the first round.
Hearing strongly that Sergey Karasev doesn't get past the Cavs pick at 19 -- that's why I put him there yesterday. Chris Grant and company were out in force in Vegas. If the Cavs go big with their first pick, Karasev makes a lot of sense.
-- Reggie Bullock (scouting report) may have played his way into a first round pick in workouts after some believed he might've left the amateur ranks a bit too early. Ford sees Bullock being drafted as high as No. 16 and as low as No. 23, but after strong showing at the draft combine and several workouts, the ESPN expert doesn't envision him falling out of the first round. Bullock hopped into the North Carolina Tar Heels spotlight after most of the starting lineup was drafted in 2012. He averaged 14.5 points on 48 percent shooting from the floor, but his defensive versatility helped his name the most.
He was a 6'6, 205-pound power forward in college, but with his 6'9 wingspan will most likely find himself as a NBA wing.