The Lakers have been linked to various players leading up to the 2017 draft and have made the rounds in workouts. Doing their due diligence, they are reportedly looking to work out one of this year’s marquee talents, Lonzo Ball, for the second time.
Magic Johnson says Lakers working on bringing Lonzo Ball back for second workout— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 14, 2017
Magic Johnson and his staff had the UCLA dynamo in for his first workout with the team last week, but Ball reportedly showed up in suboptimal shape. The drills were exhausting for the ultra-athletic point guard, and it probably wasn’t the first impression L.A. anticipated they’d get.
Facing another opportunity to impress the Lakers’ brass, Ball can illustrate why he’s deserving of the No. 2 selection. With Josh Jackson also picking up a second workout with the organization, Ball has to bounce back with a strong showing if he wants to end up with his hometown team.
Both are almost certain to be available when the Lakers are on the clock, but management apparently wants to see what top prospect Fultz has to offer as well. While the Washington point guard was previously only going to work out for Boston, Los Angeles might have entered the mix.
Lakers are finalizing details in bringing Lonzo Ball in for a second workout. It appears likely Markelle Fultz will have one, too.— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 14, 2017
A rumored workout with Sacramento never materialized for the projected No. 1 pick, but it’s interesting to see his camp willing to work out with a team other than the Celtics. Danny Ainge looks to have a straightforward decision holding the draft’s first pick, but maybe the Fultz-Boston link isn’t as tight as expected. It also opens up further intrigue surrounding the Lakers as the draft nears.
Holding workouts for Ball, Jackson, De’Aaron Fox and possibly Fultz, there’s complete uncertainty with the Lakers’ situation. That goes double for the Sixers, who will be forced to sit and wait while the teams ahead of them in the 2017 NBA Draft continue to send mixed signals.