With less than three weeks to go before the NBA Draft, Mason Plumlee began participating in private workouts for potential NBA suitors. Plumlee attended the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, but only participated in athletic testing and interviews.

Mason Plumlee held his first two private workouts with Boston and Philadelphia this week. (Photo by Elysia Su/The Chronicle)

The first stop for Plumlee was Boston, where he worked out for the Celtics Tuesday alongside Miami center Reggie Johnson, Belmont guard Ian Clark and German point guard Dennis Schroeder. Boston sits just outside this year's draft lottery, holding the No. 16 overall pick.

Plumlee then departed for Philadelphia for a workout with the 76ers, competing alongside UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad, Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk, 6-foot-10 Norvel Pelle—a former Iona commit who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA—and N.C. State forward Scott Wood. Philadelphia will select 11th in this year's Draft.

But some reports indicate the Sixers' coaching staff may have been more impressed with Pelle than with Plumlee or Olynyk.


Plumlee had previously said that he also has scheduled to work out with the Dallas Mavericks (No. 13), Phoenix Suns (No. 5), Portland Trail Blazers (No. 10) and New Orleans Pelicans (No. 6), although no official announcements regarding these workouts has been made.

Reports indicate he will head to Portland to work out with the Trail Blazers June 19.


It also appears other teams are entering the mix for Plumlee as well. Reports say the former Duke forward will work out for the Detroit Pistons—who hold the No. 8 overall selection—June 21.