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The Cleveland Cavaliers had a workout for four potential draft picks Saturday.
Cleveland, which opens the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon, worked out Auburn’s Mustapha Heron, St. John’s Shamorie Ponds, Villanova’s Omari Spellman and Southern California’s De’Anthony Melton.
The workouts show the Cavaliers are doing their due diligence in terms of the June draft, even though they own only one selection, the Brooklyn Nets’ pick acquired in the Kyrie Irving deal with Boston on Aug. 22.
The 6-foot-5 Heron told Adam Zagoria of zagsblog.com he believes the workout with the Cavaliers was a positive experience.
“I just came back from the Cavs today,” Heron said. “I feel it went pretty well.”
Heron, who averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with Auburn last season, said he had a specific plan in mind entering the workout.
“I’m just trying to show them that I’m a versatile guy,” he said. “I can play multiple positions, I can defend multiple positions and that I’ve improved my ballhandling and jump-shooting.”
Heron and the other three players then had exit interviews with Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman.
“He said he definitely saw the improvement that I was making in my game and he told me to keep it up,” Heron said.
After the NBA Draft Combine next week, Heron has workouts set up with Denver and Utah later this month. Friday, he worked out with Nevada’s Cody Martin, Georgia’s Kendrick Nunn, North Carolina’s Joel Berry, Stanford’s Reid Travis and Spellman, who joined him in working out for the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Working without an agent, Heron said he is still “50-50” on whether he will return to Auburn. The NCAA deadline to withdraw from the draft and maintain his college eligibility it May 30.
“I’m trying to get all the feedback I can,” Heron said.
“I think it will definitely help me,” he continued. “I’m just enjoying it right now, trying to have fun, trying to get better. This has been something I’ve always dreamed of as a kid, being able to work out in front of NBA GMs.”