The wait is almost over.
Draft projections have Markelle Fultz going first overall to the Philadelphia 76ers, while the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to pick Lonzo Ball second. However, the complication comes via reputable reports out of Indiana that Paul George has informed the Indiana Pacers that he will become a free agent in one year’s time and that he will likely head west to join the LA Lakers at that time.
The Los Angeles Lakers are now, for all intents and purposes, in the driver’s seat for the 2017 NBA Draft.
“The Lakers held internal discussions about trading back two spots to No. 4 if the Suns were to offer them a 2018 first-round pick”, ESPN’s Chad Ford explains.
The Suns now hold the fourth overall selection, but as noted in ESPN NBA insider Chad Ford’s most recent mock draft, they would prefer not to stay there.
UCLA Bruins star Lonzo Ball seems destined for Los Angeles with the second overall pick, but the Lakers have also worked out the likes of Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox and Kansas forward Josh Jackson.
The Lakers met with the oldest Ball brother on Friday, a meeting which included a meeting with Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka.
This is huge news in the team is reportedly seeking “players to improve their outside shooting and perimeter defense” and, at least tangentially, the Lakers adding more talent to the roster could aid in a future push to add a top-tier player like George.
The 2017 NBA Draft is here.