In the NBA draft lottery, the Los Angeles Lakers grabbed the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft which is expected to be used to select Lonzo Ball. After securing their 2017 first-round pick, multiple NBA teams have reportedly inquired about the availability of D’Angelo Russell via trade.
The Lakers ended the 2016-17 NBA season as the third worst team in the league. This gives them a higher chance of keeping their own 2017 first-round pick to add another talented player on their team. Luckily, on Tuesday, the odds went in favor of the purple and gold after acquiring the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
NBA Rumors: Multiple teams interested in acquiring D’Angelo Russell
After the results were announced, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated revealed that several NBA teams are “evaluating trade packages” for D’Angelo Russell. Having the No. 2 pick, the Lakers are in a strong position to acquire UCLA Bruins star Lonzo Ball. Ball has the same position with Russell and some people believe that he’s a better playmaker.
Russell has been inconsistent in his first two seasons with the Lakers, averaging 14.3 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.5 rebounds on 40.8 percent shooting from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc. He’s also not the type of point guard fitted on coach Luke Walton’s system, proven by Walton’s decision to play Jordan Clarkson at the point this season.
If Ball officially joins the Lakers, trade rumors surrounding Russell is expected to heat up. However, the Lakers will only involve him in a deal that will give them a legitimate superstar. There is also a possibility that Walton will use Ball and Russell as their backcourt starters next season.
LaVar Ball says his son will only workout with the Lakers
LaVar, the father of UCLA Bruins star Lonzo Ball, remains confident that the Lakers will use the No. 2 overall pick to draft his son next month. He revealed that Lonzo will only be working out with the Lakers and said that they’re not interested in any other teams.
“That’s all we working out for is the Lakers,” LaVar told Lakers Nation. “Just the Lakers. There’s nobody else that we need to work out for.”
In the past months, Lonzo Ball said that he would rather join the Lakers than being the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. LaVar Ball has strong belief that the Lakers will end their playoff drought once his son plays for them next season.
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