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Hawks to interview Wizards' Tommy Sheppard for front office position

Hawks to interview Wizards' Tommy Sheppard for front office position

The Wizards have granted permission to the Atlanta Hawks to interview Tommy Sheppard for a front office position, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. 

Sheppard is Washington's Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations and has been with the team for 14 years. 

His role with the team entails contract negotiations and talent evaluation. 

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Wizards release list of NBA draft prospects for first pre-draft workout, including Maryland star Melo Trimble

Wizards release list of NBA draft prospects for first pre-draft workout, including Maryland star Melo Trimble

The Washington Wizards will hold their first workouts for the 2017 NBA Draft on Tuesday at the Verizon Center and the list of prospects includes several local names.

Six players in total will participate as the Wizards, who own the 52nd overall pick in the second round, weigh their options. Highlighting the group is former Maryland standout Melo Trimble.

Here is the full list:

Jamel Artis, F, Pittsburgh (6-7, 215 lbs.)

James Blackmon, Jr., G, Indiana (6-4, 200 lbs.)

Daniel Dixon, G, William & Mary (6-5, 210 lbs.)

D.J. Fenner, G, Nevada (6-6, 205 lbs.)

Monte Morris, G, Iowa State (6-3, 175 lbs.)

Melo Trimble, G, Maryland (6-3, 185 lbs.)

Trimble, 22, is a local product through and through. He was born in Washington, D.C. and went to high school in Arlington, Va. at Bishop O'Connell. He is a former McDonald's All-American and Big Ten selection.

Dixon starred in the CAA for the Tribe. He grew up in Great Falls, Va. and went to Langley High School.

It's tough to read too much into the first pre-draft workout group, given the draft is still so far away. But it may be telling that five of the six prospects are guards, given their need for help behind John Wall and Bradley Beal.

The NBA Draft will take place on June 22.

[RELATED: Markelle Fultz, from D.C. native to likely No. 1 pick]

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Former Celtics star: Adam Jones incident with Red Sox could affect NBA free agents' view of Boston

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Former Celtics star: Adam Jones incident with Red Sox could affect NBA free agents' view of Boston

The ugly incident involving Red Sox fans taunting Orioles star Adam Jones with racial epithets earlier this month transcended the sport of baseball. It became a national story, sparking debate about race and how fans should behave at sporting events.

It was a huge deal, so big that former Celtics player Cedric Maxwell - the 1980-81 NBA Finals MVP - thinks it could hurt the Celtics this summer in free agency. Boston has money to spend, plus plenty of draft picks - including this year's No. 1 overall selection - and tradeable assets on their roster. They might be better positioned to made big moves this offseason than anyone and the plan to be very aggressive.

But Maxwell argued on CSNNE that signing players might not be as easy as it would seem:

"Well, I think it's more attractive now with what happened with [Al] Horford, but also it's the same thing if you think about all the things that around having Brad Stevens as a coach. What happened over there with the Red Sox, though, out in center field, right field or whatever field; don't think that does not affect decisions on the other side of the basketball ledger. Because people think and people talk and they understand. They talk about your city all the time."

[RELATED: Durant says don't blame him for lopsided NBA Playoffs]

NBA players are majority African-American, like Jones. The Celtics haven't had problems attracting free agents in the past, but Maxwell thinks that might change.

Watch his full comments here, as well as Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaugnessy's response:

[RELATED: Celtics are planning something big this offseason]