Julius Randle wasn’t the only one smiling after his workout for the Utah Jazz alleviated concerns about his right foot.
The Jazz, which picks fifth in Thursday night’s NBA draft, covet Randle, this year’s top power forward, for his low-post abilities. The Kentucky standout’s draft stock reportedly dropped amid concerns that a fracture in the foot he suffered in high school had not properly healed.
“There’s no issue with my foot,” Randle told the Salt Lake Tribune after Wednesday’s workout.
“I’m good, ready to go to summer league, wherever I am.”
Randle leads a power forward draft class that has solid depth, and he looks like just the right fit for Utah. The Jazz is looking to replace center/power forward Al Jefferson, whom it allowed to enter free agency before last season rather than pay him the three-year, $41 million salary he received from Charlotte. Jazz vice president Walt Perrin said the team does not have any concerns about Randle’s foot.