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June 5, 2008 4:25 PM

Love, Hibbert highlight first batch of draft tryouts

Posted by Percy Allen

UCLA forward/center Kevin Love worked out for the Sonics today at the Furtado Center. The Pac-10 Player of the Year was joined by Ohio State 7-foot center Kostas Koufos, North Carolina State 6-9 forward J.J. Hickson and 6-10 Australian Nathan Jawai.

Tomorrow the Sonics will bring in Georgetown center Roy Hibbert, UCLA 6-4 guard Russell Westbrook, Illinois 6-9 forward Shaun Pruitt and IUPUI 6-2 guard George Hill.

The Sonics have the fourth and 24th pick in the June 26 draft.

It's unlikely that Seattle would use its first pick to select Love, however, it's believed that he's drawing interest from Minnesota, which has the third pick. Rumors continue to swirl that the Sonics are shopping the fourth pick and looking to move back in the lottery and possibly take Love.

On the surface, taking Love doesn't make sense because his game is similar to Nick Collison, another undersized big man. However, Collison is one of a few Sonic veterans with high trade value and the team could deal him for a high pick in next year's draft.

Koufos and Hibbert are both projects and possibilities for the 24th pick whereas Westbrook appears to be a more solid choice late in the first round.

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