Utah Jazz in preparation for the NBA draft in June. And yes Jazz fans get ready, "The Jimmer" will be among those working out for the Jazz. And while Jimmer day has yet to be determined, he did go through his first workout today for the Indiana Pacers. According to Chad Ford at ESPN, Jimmer admitted to being "a little winded," after the 75 minute workout.
Jimmer Fredette will have an interesting workout with the New York Knicks Thursday. Fredette will work out with Klay Thompson and Marshon Brooks at the same time for the Knicks. The expectation is that the three players will face off against one another to try and showcase which would be the best player to draft.
And, while he is still considered a tweener, Leonard his rapid ascension since declaring for the draft has only pushed him to get better and go higher. "It’s not really overwhelming at all for me. If you’re working hard, good things are going to come from it. You just can’t get caught up in all the hype and what people say around you," Leonard said. "I’m just out here working hard, trying to get picked. I want to be a high pick and a lot of hard work comes with that. I just want to be a player in the NBA."
Of course, Irving got hurt just eight games into the season, twisting ligaments in his right big toe. He wore a cast for three months and still wears an orthotic in his shoe. He surprised many -- including Singler -- by coming back to play in three NCAA tournament games, but he thought he needed to prove he was healthy enough to play in the NBA.
He clearly did that, as virtually every mock draft has him listed as the top player available. For a city still struggling to get over The Chosen One, Boyle thinks Irving can be a great replacement if he's chosen No. 1.
"I think it's a great 'get' for them," Boyle said. "After losing LeBron, fans need something to hold on to. He's an exciting player. He makes other guys around him better. Guys enjoy playing with him and enjoy running because they know they'll get the ball.
"I'm excited to see him at that level."
Cavs workouts: Although the team has not released any information about workouts of potential draft picks, Florida State's Chris Singleton told reporters at his workout with Golden State on Tuesday that his first workout was with the Cavs.
The Cavs would not confirm reports that Turkey's Enes Kanter is due in on June 7. The agent for Providence's Marshon Brooks said Brooks will work out on June 10. ... The Web site thehoopsreport.com reported the Cavs held a workout on Monday that included Singleton, Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris, Jordan Williams, Cory Joseph and Diante Garrett. Harris was matched up against Williams, Morris went up against Singleton, and Joseph matched up with Garrett.
According to the Web site, Morris was the most impressive player and Singleton didn't look good at all. The site also reported that Garrett got the best of Joseph, while the Harris-Williams matchup wasn't an ideal pairing, as Harris is more of a combo forward and Williams is a true post player.