Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Lonzo Ball's draft stock stays strong with Lakers watching

2017 NBA Draft ESNY's Brooklyn Nets Big Board Nets USATSI_9829157 Lonzo Ball's draft stock stays strong with Lakers watching
Sherri Watson | 24 June, 2017, 01:21

The Los Angeles Lakers already have the No. 2 and No. 28 picks in the draft, but they are also trying to acquire the No. 12 pick from the Detroit Pistons, according to Amico Hoops.

Following their loss to the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers have already begun making trade inquiries, reportedly assessing the possibility of acquiring either Paul George or Jimmy Butler.

You can catch the NBA Draft on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The run of freshmen continued when the Suns took Josh Jackson of Kansas. Something similar happened when the Knicks traded a ton of assets for Carmelo Anthony despite Anthony saying he wanted to come to NY already. But that doesn't mean Boston won't be aggressive in trying to make a deal as they look to add another piece or two that could help them contend for a championship in 2018. Wake Forest power forward John Collins, UCLA big man T.J. Leaf, Duke's Harry Giles and Indiana's OG Anunoby could be playing in Brooklyn next season if the Nets find a trading partner before Thursday's draft.

The Lakers also reportedly have interest in trading for Paul George, who has voiced his wish to join the LA in 2018 via free agency. After finishing with the No. 1 seed in the East this season, they are trying to package some of their picks for an established star that could help them close the gap on National Basketball Association finalists Cleveland and Golden State. "The Lakers have engaged at least two teams in the lottery, sources said, as they search for players to improve their outside shooting and perimeter defence", Shelburne wrote in her report published Sunday. While their have been inquires on the No. 2 pick, sources said it remains unlikely the Lakers would trade out of that position.

The player on the Lakers' roster most likely to get traded is Jordan Clarkson.

If the Los Angeles Lakers hold onto their No. 2 pick, all signs point to them drafting either Josh Jackson or Lonzo Ball.