Lonzo Ball's draft stock stays strong with Lakers watching

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Considered Trading Down In 2017 NBA Draft To No. 4 Overall

The Los Angeles Lakers have two first-round picks in this year's draft and apparently are in the market for another. The Celtics nearly certainly won't select a point guard at No. 3 after trading the No. 1 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers and giving up their chance to draft top prospect Markelle Fultz.

The Lakers have been linked with Ball for some time, and his outspoken father, LaVar Ball, had made it known he wants his son to wear the Purple and Gold. During their first workout, the Lakers were unimpressed with Ball's conditioning. With the National Basketball Association season in the books, the National Basketball Association off-season begins, starting with the Draft on June 22nd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Los Angeles now holds the second and 28th picks in the first round.

With Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson a lock with the 2nd pick, we hope the Lakers can make a Larry Nance kind of selection and pull out a major contributor off the mid-low first round, something Buss and Kupchak proved to be really good at in the past. With Paul George having reportedly informed the Indiana Pacers that he will not re-sign with the team, it makes sense for the Lakers to take a guard like Ball in this year's draft.




Many teams picking in the top ten are not like the Celtics looking for a player to add to an already developed roster.

Phoenix is very, very high on Lonzo Ball, and think he's the ideal fit next to Devin Booker in the backcourt, and that would likely be who they would trade up for.

A report suggests that the L.A. Lakers drop a couple pick and try to acquire an additional asset.

Ball, 19, averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds over 36 games in his lone season with the Bruins in 2016-17.

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