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Assistant coach Ron Adams will talk with Warriors

Kentucky forward Julius Randle, who worked out for the Celtics Friday, said he doesn’t need foot surgery after the draft, contrary to a Yahoo Sports report.JAMIE SQUIRE/Getty Images

WALTHAM — Celtics lead assistant coach Ron Adams will travel to Oakland, Calif., next week to interview with the Golden State Warriors about filling a spot on Steve Kerr’s new coaching staff, a league source told the Globe Friday.

While the source said that no formal offer has been made, Adams, a respected veteran coach with more than two decades of NBA coaching experience, has been granted permission by the Celtics to talk to the Warriors.

Adams is considered one of the most respected assistant coaches in the NBA, and it would come as no surprise if the Warriors offer him a position. Yet it is by no means a certainty that he would accept any offer at this point.


Adams, who will turn 67 in October, is said to be considering what could be the final move in his long coaching career that includes stops in Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, and Chicago before he joined the Celtics.

Adams signed a three-year deal last summer, when he became the biggest name to join Brad Stevens’s staff.

Though Adams is said to be intrigued by joining a contending team, other factors remain, including the burden of a cross-country move. However, Adams would be near familiar territory if he joined the Warriors, as he attended Fresno Pacific University.

Randle refutes report

Kentucky forward Julius Randle worked out in a solo session for the Celtics at their practice facility Friday, though he spent much of his time afterward refuting a report he would likely need foot surgery after the NBA Draft.

According to a Yahoo Sports report, Randle would need the precautionary procedure to remove a screw in his right foot that was inserted after he fractured it in high school.

“My foot is fine,” Randle said. “Everybody has their opinion on what they should do. But I’m pain-free. No pain before, during, or after. I’m fine.”


Added Randle: “[Surgery has] never been considered. I’ve met with my own doctor and talked to specialists, some of the best doctors in the world, and they said they wouldn’t do anything with it.”

Multiple NBA executives have told the Globe that Randle’s health issue is a legitimate concern. Stevens said Randle moved well during his workout session.

“Yeah, everything looked fine from our standpoint,” Stevens said. “He was given clearance by our docs and he went through the workout.”

Said Stevens, “He looked good, looked good. Obviously a big strong guy, is very, very quick, light on his feet. By the time it’s all said and done, I think he’s going to have NBA 3-point range. I think he’s going to be a really good player, obviously. I’m not telling anybody anything I don’t know.”

Smart in high regard

Marcus Smart’s sophomore season at Oklahoma State is best remembered for “the shove,” when the guard pushed a fan during a game at Texas Tech Feb. 8. He was suspended three games for the incident.

“Surprisingly, not many teams are asking me about it,” Smart said after his workout with the Celtics.

“They kind of just, you know, we understand it’s the competitiveness in you. Just talking to me and talking with them, they understand that I know that I learned my lesson from it. They kind of put it out there, they want to know who I really am . . . They want to really know who I am; getting a little bit deep on my background.”


Smart, a likely top-10 pick in the draft, is known for his intangibles, especially his leadership.

“I think that clearly he’s got a way about him that people follow,” said Stevens, who noted Smart’s shooting and physicality in the workout. “He is a very tough guy and he competed the whole time. My expectations for him were high from that regard, but he certainly met them. He’s going to be a good player, too.”

Stevens said he didn’t think maturity was a concern with Smart.

“No, not at all,” Stevens said.

Smart will likely be a point guard in the NBA, but he said he wouldn’t mind being drafted by the Celtics, who already have a starting point guard in Rajon Rondo.

“Not at all,” Smart said. “Rondo is one of the greatest point guards to ever play this game. If I’m fortunate enough and Boston picks me, and that means I have to sit on the bench and play behind Rondo, that’s an honor, to learn from one of the greatest point guards of that position, especially me playing the point guard position.”

Familiar place

Working out for the Celtics marked a homecoming for Michigan guard Nik Stauskas, who played at St. Mark’s in Southborough for the final two years of his high school career. “It’s awesome coming back here,” said Stauskas, an expected lottery pick. “I was able to see some of my friends yesterday that I went to high school with here. I kind of feel like this is home for me.” . . . UCLA guard Zach LaVine finished working out for the Celtics, but had to board a flight to Denver a few hours later. In what amounted to a back-to-back set of workouts, he was scheduled to visit the Nuggets on Saturday. “Getting used to that NBA schedule,” he said.


Baxter Holmes can be reached at baxter.holmes@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @BaxterHolmes.