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“He’s heading to New York with Austin,’’ general manager Danny Ainge said Wednesday, “which is where he should be.’’
Rivers has a dual role at this year’s draft: He’s not only helping Ainge figure out what to do with two first-round picks in the NBA draft, he’s also the father of a potential pick. Austin Rivers, a guard at Duke who declared for the draft as a freshman, is projected as a top 10 pick in Thursday night’s draft.
Ainge said Rivers doesn’t seem like a nervous dad.
“He’s in a happy place,’’ Ainge said at the team’s workout facility. “He’s loose and laid back and playing golf.’’
The Celtics will pick 21st, 22nd and 51st in this year’s draft. Because Rivers has watched his son play against many of the prospects in high school and college, the coach probably knows more about this year’s draft class than any other.
But he’ll be offering his opinions by phone.
“It will be just like he’s in the back room here,’’ Ainge said.
Huge moment tonight for the Rivers family. I would expect Doc Rivers to be there with his son. Several draft experts have Austin going to New Orleans with the 10th pick.
You’ll find the usual suspects in the mock drafts linked below. The Globe’s Gary Washburn, ESPN’s Chad Ford and Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick have Jared Sullinger falling to Boston at 21.
Sherrod Blakley and Doug Gottlieb have Vanderbilt shooting guard John Jenkins at 22. Gottlieb says there is no better lights-out shooter in the draft than Jenkins.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Washburn’s projected 1st round | Garnett status won’t affect draft plans | Herald – Ainge mulls making a move | Celtics on hold until Garnett decides future | Bulpett’s mock draft | Rivers reunion fun, but unlikely | ESPN Boston – Pietrus: I feel like Boston is home | Draft day not D-day for C’s | Doc will be in NY with son | Ainge talks strategy ahead of draft | Ainge believes Allen open to return | CSNNE – Blakely’s 2012 mock draft 3.0 | Welsh: I would take Royce White | WEEI – 5 worst draft moves of Ainge era | 5 best moves of Ainge era | ESPN – Chad Ford mock draft 10.0 | SI.com – Amick’s mock draft