As the Los Angeles Lakers are in the rebuilding process, rumors are swirling that they are looking at five candidates in the coming NBA Draft that includes A.J. Hammons, Malcolm Brogdon together with three others for their 32nd pick.
It is already a fact that the Lakers are selecting second in the coming NBA Draft slated on June 23 in Brooklyn next to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers are looking at either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram depending on who the 76ers will take with their first pick of the night. The Lakers themselves are looking ahead as they also look to snag a potential wingman or an enforcer inside the shaded area and five names have come up to the liking of the Lakers’ front office.
One of those names that came up is A.J. Hammons, a 23-year old center out of Purdue. Hammons is considered as a “built-in” rim protector and rebounder, which the Lakers missed in the previous seasons. He played 33 games in the NCAA and averages 15.0 points with 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. He is also a 70.9 percent free throw shooter, which makes him a very sought after the center.
On the other hand, Malcolm Brogdon is also the name that the Lakers have to watch for, as the 23-year old Virginia Cavalier is known for his defensive prowess and agility in the small forward position. Aside from being known to guard the opposing team’s best players, Brogdon also has numbers to his name averaging 18.2 points with 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists making him a versatile wingman, which could effectively also run the breaks in the Lakers offense on the floor.
Other names that came up with for the Lakers include Jaron Blossomgame, Ben Bentil, and Michael Gbinije. With a talented young core, the Lakers also wanted to blend in some veterans and rumors have it that the Lakers are also looking into the possibility of having talks with the Sacramento Kings to get DeMarcus Cousins, who could very well develop the young big men of the team.
Cousins has been giving the Kings management a hard time as he could not get along with the team’s coaching staff, though it remains to be seen if Lakers’ head coach Luke Walton could tame him should a trade between both teams takes place this summer. The Lakers have enough space with over $60 million in their possession, a right pick and trade offers could prove beneficial for the Lakers and their future.
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