The 76ers worked out Julius Randle, who could slide to them in the NBA draft, according to reports.
The former Kentucky power forward reportedly had a private workout Wednesday morning at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The workout occurred before the Sixers put Michigan State's Gary Harris, North Carolina's P.J. Hairston, and other guard prospects through drills. Libertyballers.com first reported the news.
Randle, who left Kentucky after his freshman season, is scheduled to work out for the Boston Celtics on Friday. The 6-foot-9, 250-pounder, however, may need to have surgery on his right foot after the NBA draft.
The Sixers have the third and 10th overall picks in the draft on June 26. ESPN.com projects the 19-year-old will be selected seventh by the Los Angeles Lakers. There's a chance Randle could slip to the Sixers at 10 if teams are fearful about his foot.
Randle missed three months as a high school senior in Texas after fracturing his foot. He had screws inserted in his foot. Yahoo Sports reported the screws must be removed after the draft for precautionary reasons. As a result, Yahoo Sports reported, he will be sidelined six to eight weeks, thus missing summer-league play.
Randle's mother, Carolyn Kyles, said the reports are false.
"Everything with Julius is fine," Kyles told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "There is no surgery scheduled whatsoever. Nothing. They don't have a clue. They haven't spoken to us. They haven't spoken to Julius' doctor. I know for a fact because he is my son. There is no surgery scheduled, period, now or after."
Yahoo Sports stood by its reporting, stating that multiple teams have his medical records and expect him to have surgery. It also reported that teams are concerned that major problems could occur later if Randle doesn't undergo a minor surgery this summer.