As Isaiah Briscoe continues to evaluate his NBA options, he's getting some pre-draft workouts with several pro teams.
The first reported meetings Briscoe has come with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, according to DraftExpress.
Isaiah Briscoe worked out for the Spurs today according to his father. Will work out for the Clippers this week, Lakers right after Combine.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 4, 2016
This is why Briscoe has not pulled out of the draft even after he wasn't invited to the NBA Combine. While he may not get to work out in Chicago next week in front of all 30 teams, he can have private workouts with various teams until May 25 while keeping his college eligibility.
As we said earlier, all it may take for Briscoe to leave is for one team in the late first/early second round to tell Briscoe they'll strongly consider him. The Spurs are once again drafting late in Round 1 (29th overall).
The Clippers have a late first-round pick (25th) and early second-round pick (33rd). The Lakers have an early second-round pick (32nd), so it makes sense that these are the teams Briscoe is working out for.
Still, I can't see them or any other NBA team willing spend an early pick on Briscoe unless they plan on stashing him overseas for a few years. Then he may actually be a good pick there since he definitely has more upside than most guys getting drafted in the 20-40 range.
Would you rather take guys like Caris LeVert, Wayne Selden, DeAndre Bembry, Brice Johnson and Taurean Prince here, or do you draft essentially what you think Briscoe will be in 2-3 years after playing overseas?
I will say having the right answer to that kind of question is why the Spurs are consistently in the mix for the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Every year we see guys come over from overseas leagues that are bound to an NBA team due to draft rights, then go on to have great careers with said team.
That's a lot of risk and work for Briscoe to make it to the NBA, but it's that kind of path that gives guys like him and Marcus Lee the option to pursue the NBA even if their chances of being drafted aren't great.