After refusing to workout with the Boston Celtics, former UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball looks confident that the Los Angeles Lakers will select him with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. LaVar Ball made it clear in the past that his son will only be playing for the Lakers. However, the latest report revealed Ball will consider working out with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Most mock drafts predict the Lakers picking Lonzo Ball at No. 2 this June. Ball is considered the second-best player in the upcoming draft behind former Washington Huskies star Markelle Fultz. In the past months, Ball has been frequently linked to the Lakers and some people believe there’s a mutual interest.
Lonzo Ball politely declines to workout with the Boston Celtics
Recently, the Boston Celtics reached out Ball about having a pre-draft workout. The Celtics hold the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft and they aren’t yet locked on drafting Fultz. However, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge revealed Ball refused to have a workout with them.
Some people perceived Ball’s action as a way of showing how confident he is that the Lakers will select him at No. 2. However, the Lakers reportedly have two other options in the upcoming draft, Josh Jackson, and De’Aaron Fox. With the emergence of D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, Ball will need to battle for the starting spot if the Lakers select him at No. 2. The same thing goes with Fox.
Also, it remains questionable if Ball and Russell can play together as the Lakers’ backcourt starters. Both players need the ball in their hands to maximize their effectiveness on the court. If the Lakers will consider other options, Josh Jackson will likely be drafted as the second overall pick.
NBA Rumors: Lonzo Ball to Philadelphia 76ers
If the Lakers pass on Ball, the Philadelphia 76ers will have the opportunity to draft him at No. 3. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, Ball will consider having a pre-draft workout with the Sixers in the coming weeks.
“Former UCLA Bruins point guard Lonzo Ball is considering working out for the Philadelphia 76ers in advance of the 2017 NBA draft on June 22, league sources told ESPN. Philadelphia owns the third overall pick in the draft. A final decision will be made once Ball’s agent, Harrison Gaines, and Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo have had an extensive conversation centered on the identity of the team, sources told ESPN. That dialogue is expected within the coming weeks. Most expect Ball to be off the board after the first two selections,” Haynes wrote.
Ball will undeniably be a great addition with the Sixers where he can immediately become the starting point guard next season. He will be teaming up with the Sixers’ promising frontcourt players like Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Dario Saric. The Sixers are in dire need of a quality point guard. Their prayers will be answered once the Celtics and the Lakers pass on Ball in the upcoming draft.
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