Los Angeles Lakers Walking Away From Lonzo Ball, Interested in Other Prospects

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 05/15/17 01:55AM EDT

The Los Angeles Lakers and Lonzo Ball's story may not have the fairytale ending people are expecting. A report suggested that the Lakers could pass on the opportunity to select Ball. Instead, they are going for another top prospect if they get to keep their No. 3 pick. 

Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report wrote that the Lakers are not yet seeing Ball as their "potential savior." If that is the case, he mentioned three other prospects that Los Angeles might select early in the 2017 NBA Draft. These are point guards Markelle Fultz (Washington) and De'Aaron Fox (Kentucky), together with forward Josh Jackson (Kansas). 

It was mentioned that Fultz had a chance to make a good impression since he was present at this year's NBA Draft Combine. However, the Lakers may have their sights set on Fox and Jackson because of their abilities on defense. 

If there are aspects of the game that must be improved for Los Angeles, one of them is defense. The Lakers were among the teams that had the worst defense in the 2016-17 NBA regular season. Perhaps this is the reason why they have Fox and Jackson on their radar. Either of the two has a potential of helping the team move up in the defensive rankings next season.

Despite the possibility that Los Angeles would let another team get Ball, he is still viewed by many as the team's top pick in next month's selection process. Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson even talked about him a couple of days ago.

According to ESPN, Johnson said at the NBA Draft Combine that Ball's father, LaVar, has no impact on the decision they must make in the draft. LaVar has been busy in the past few months talking about his sons and marketing their own brand (Big Baller Brand). 

As of this moment, it is uncertain how much the Lakers want Ball. Earlier in May, there were reports that they are "enamored" with the UCLA star and they are really hoping to add him. 

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