Jared Dudley has been making a bit of a splash this offeseason — even prior to the beginning of the free agency window.

Jared Dudley

Jared Dudley

Jared Dudley has been making a bit of a splash this offeseason — even prior to the beginning of the free agency window.

From challenging fans to games to responding to different rumors about where he would go this offseason, the 30-year-old has been making Twitter an entertaining forum to talk about his future. He recently joined CLNS Radio’s Larry H. Russell to talk about his future among other things.

In the discussion, he was exceptionally candid, letting Russell know that he thinks he would be a seamless fit into the Celtics system.

“I think I would be a pretty good fit for Boston in the sense that they need shooting,” said Dudley. “You can never have too much veteran leadership. They’re a team that’s obviously led by Brad Stevens who is a great coach and they’ve done well, but the key to a young team is developing that young talent. They have the number three pick here in the draft and you can never have (enough) people who know how to play the right way, know their role.”

And Dudley certainly isn’t far off on him being able to address the Celtics’ needs. Last season he appeared in 81 games (starting 41) averaging 7.9 points per game. He shot 47.8 percent from the field, however, and shot 42 percent from beyond the arc.

To compare, Kelly Olynyk was the Celtics top shooter from three in 2015-16, shooting 40.5 percent. The veteran is a character, for sure, but he would provide both veteran leadership and a reliable shot from the perimeter, a pair of traits the Celtics certainly need and would not have to give up much to attain.

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Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

The narrative for nearly a month has been Providence’s Kris Dunn does not want to be drafted No. 3 overall to the Celtics.

Kris Dunn denied claims he doesn't want to play for the Celtics. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Kris Dunn denies claim he doesn’t want to play for the Celtics. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

The narrative for nearly a month has been Providence’s Kris Dunn does not want to be drafted No. 3 overall to the Celtics.

His agent reportedly withheld his physical so that only specific teams could see in-depth the history behind his shoulder problem that sidelined him his sophomore season. He also reportedly did not want to play for a team that already had an established backcourt, eliminating the Celtics as well as the Suns at pick No. 4. But according to Dunn himself, that’s not necessarily true.

“I mean it would be unbelievable to be selected by the Celtics,” said Dunn in a phone interview with the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “My dream is to just get drafted, and that I have the chance to be a top-five player, it’s a blessing.”

In regards to the rumor itself, Dunn addressed it as just that, stating, “That never came out of my mouth, that I didn’t want to play for any team.”

A native of New London, Connecticut, speculation rose about him wanting to play for his hometown team so he could be near family and in a familiar area, and Dunn has noted some admiration for the Celtics of late due largely to their development with Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart, the latter of whom, he has some familiarity with.

“[The Celtics] have great players … I don’t know Marcus Smart that well, but I played with Marcus Smart at multiple things, AAU at the time, and high school in the McDonalds All-American game. And Isaiah Thomas was an All-Star this year. You can see they’re on the rise and close to something special. I’m gonna be anxious to see what they do next year.”

Dunn averaged 16.4 points with 6.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game with Providence College last season. In the latest mock draft from Sports Illustrated, Dunn is projected to go to the Denver Nuggets at No. 7, down two from their previous mock that had him going fifth to the Timberwolves. The same draft has the Celtics going with Croatian Dragan Bender with the No. 3 overall pick.

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Logan Mullen

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2016 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed eight picks: 3, 16, 23, 31, 35, 45, 51, 58. The draft will be held June 23 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

JAKE LAYMAN

Position: Small forward

School: Maryland

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 210 pounds

Wingspan: 6-foot-9

Key 2015-16 stats: 11.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 84.6 free throw percentage

Scouting report: Layman has the build of a short power forward, but Maryland was full of big men last year, forcing him to adjust to the small forward position. He is quick and agile, and his explosiveness surprises both scouts and those defending him. Layman shot 39.9 percent from deep last season, suggesting he could be a valuable “3-and-D” role player in the NBA. He does a great job disrupting passing lanes and brings intensity on the defensive end.

As far as weaknesses, Layman does not have many go-to moves offensively. He’s not a playmaker whatsoever and becomes victim to tunnel vision when driving to the hoop. With a lack of scoring moves, Layman needs to improve his offensive versatility in order to increase space on his jump shot. Also, Layman gets pushed around down low far too often for a player who has been a power forward most of his career. He’ll need to bulk up and improve his strength.

He is projected to go late in the second round or be undrafted.

Notes: Layman starred at King Philip High School in Wrentham before attending Maryland. He also played AAU basketball with local powerhouse BABC. … An honorable Big Ten selection his senior year, Layman was third on the team in minutes (31.4) and helped lead the Terrapins to the Sweet 16.

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Sam Packard and Jared Weiss are joined by Boston Globe Sports Media Columnist Chad Finn to discuss the Celtics place in the world of uninformed hot takes and expanding digital media. Then, Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston stops by the program to talk NBA Draft, Wild trade speculation, and finally things get real weird real quickly with the #WEEICeltics mailbag.

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2016 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed eight picks: 3, 16, 23, 31, 35, 45, 51, 58. The draft will be held June 23 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

PAUL ZIPSER

Position: Small forward

Country: Germany (Bayern Muenchen)

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 210 pounds

Wingspan: 6-foot-11

Key 2014-15 stats: 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists

Scouting report: Zipser has the perfect size for an NBA small forward, which he can use to defend both small forwards and shooting guards. His lateral quickness also helps him out on that end, and he has a knack for shot blocking. Defense may be his greatest attribute, but Zipser is also a versatile player on offense, able to slash his way to the basket as well as excel in catch-and-shoot situations. He’s a smart player who moves well off the ball and can contribute without touching the ball once on a possession. Zipser is a ferocious rebounder and willing to do whatever it takes to help the team.

”I’m all about the team. Team player,” Zipser said in an interview with Yahoo Sports in February. “Whatever the team needs: rebounding, helping out on defense, sharing the ball, playing together. That’s my style. That’s the best way you can play basketball. I’m also a really dangerous shooter.”

A prospect who didn’t get much playing time overseas, Zipser needs to work on his dribbling and shot creating. He often loses the ball or gets stripped when looking to score, something that will be easily exploited in the NBA. He also tends to force passes when pressured by two defenders. He may not yet be ready for the NBA yet, and at 22 years old, his potential to improve could be a question mark. He helped his cause with a strong showing at the EuroCamp earlier this month and is projected to go in the middle of the second round.

Notes: Zipser started alongside Dirk Nowitzki at the European Championships last summer. He ended up seeing more minutes last season than other Euroleague prospects Dragan Bender and Furkan Korkmaz. … He was an early entrant in the 2015 NBA draft but eventually withdrew his name from consideration.

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As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2016 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles on prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed eight picks: 3, 16, 23, 31, 35, 45, 51. The draft will be held June 23 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

MALIK BEASLEY

Position: Shooting guard

School: Florida State

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 190 pounds

Wingspan: 6-foot-7

Key 2015-16 stats: 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists

Scouting report: Beasley is a sharpshooter who hit 47 percent of his field goals as a freshman this past season. What is most impressive is the rate at which he was able to score. Against Louisville he scored 23 points on 16 shots, against Virginia he scored 17 points on 10 shots, and against Iowa he scored 20 points on 17 shots. 

“As a shooter Beasley is very sound mechanically, showing outstanding shot preparation before the catch, tremendous balance, quick elevation as he goes into his motion, and a clean wrist action at the top of his jump that produces a healthy amount of back spin,” Yahoo Sports’ Mike Schmitz wrote. “Beasley can shoot off the hop or after planting one foot after another, an important skill for shooting on the move and under duress.”

Beasley’s offensive skills are not limited to shooting. He is able to keep defenders guessing with his ability to finish at the rim. In transition, Beasley is able to use his high motor and speed to blow by defenders and finish strong. Before Beasley is NBA ready he will need to improve his ball-handling and his ability to create his own shot. What has NBA scouts most worried about Beasley is his size. Nonetheless, Beasley still projects to go in the middle to late first round.

Notes: Beasley, who was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team and All-ACC honorable mention, is the first player to leave Florida State as a one-and-done. … Beasley comes from an entertaining family. His father, Michael, played basketball at Texas-Arlington and then professionally internationally before becoming an actor, appearing in “Eastbound and Down” among other projects. Beasley’s mother, Deena, also acts and has worked as a model and singer. His grandfather, John, is an actor as well and had a role as a Notre Dame assistant coach in “Rudy.”

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John Hand

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2016 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed eight picks: 3, 16, 23, 31, 35, 45, 51, 58. The draft will be held June 23 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

GARY PAYTON II

Position: Point guard

School: Oregon State

Age: 23

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 184 pounds

Wingspan: 6-foot-8

Key 2015-16 stats: 16.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.0 steals, 1.3 blocks

Scouting report: A two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Payton uses his big wingspan and instincts to follow in his father’s footsteps. He possesses great leaping ability and explosiveness. These two skills have helped him develop into a prolific dunker and good rebounder (team-high 7.9 boards). These traits also help Payton on offense where he is at his best in transition. Offensively, Payton has shown good vision, but he doesn’t always connect on his passes. Payton also lacks a good jump shot. He is able to get in the paint to score, but opposing defenses usually were prepared for Payton to drive to the basket because of his inability to score from the perimeter.

“He’s got to shoot the ball better,” an NBA scout told Bleacher Report. “He’s also got to show possession after possession that he can get you into your offense and make the right reads.”

Payton, who led the Pac-12 in steals the past two seasons, is projected to go in the middle of the second round.

Notes: Payton twice was named first-team All-Pac-12. He led Oregon State in points, steals, rebounds and assists this past season. … Payton transferred to Oregon State for his junior season after playing at Salt Lake Community College, and as a senior he helped guide the Beavers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990. … Payton is the son of former NBA star Gary Payton, who spent a season with the Celtics in 2004-05.

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As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2016 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed eight picks: 3, 16, 23, 31, 35, 45, 51, 58. The draft will be held June 23 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

DANUEL HOUSE

Position: Small forward

School: Texas A&M

Age: 23

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 215 pounds

Wingspan: 6-foot-8 (measured in 2011)

Key 2015-16 stats: 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists

Scouting report: House is known as an aggressive offensive player because of how he attacks the basket. While this mentality did help House become the 12th-ranked scorer in the SEC this past season, it also has hurt him because some scouts think House, at times, can be too aggressive with the basketball. House was able to improve his jump shot toward the end of his college career, but he still needs to  a lot of work to make his shot more consistent in the NBA. At the next level, House won’t be able to have the same offensive mindset and will most likely have to use his athleticism to find a role as a defensive specialist or wing player.

“He’s never met a shot that he doesn’t like and he’s never met a shot that he won’t take,” Texas A&M coach coach Billy Kennedy said. “Offensively that’s a good thing and sometimes he takes some tough shots. That’s just his mindset and he’s got the green light. Sometimes we tell him put it on yellow. That’s just how he’s wired and that’s what we want him to do.”

According to a report from Sporting News, when House worked out for the Celtics he performed excellently, stealing the show from Cal star Jaylen Brown. House is projected to go late in the second round or undrafted.

Notes: House was an honorable mention All-American and second-team All-SEC. … In the SEC championship game against Kentucky, House had 32 points in an 82-77  Texas A&M loss. House had double-digit performances in all three of Texas A&M’s NCAA Tournament games in March. In the second round he scored 22 points and led the Aggies back from a 12-point deficit with 44 seconds remaining to an overtime win over Northern Iowa. … House played in three conferences during his college career. As a freshman House played with Houston in Conference USA, then Houston moved to the AAC, and he concluded his career in the SEC after he transferred to Texas A&M. … House has a 1-year-old daughter.

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