LA Lakers to Pick Lonzo Ball on NBA Draft, D’Angelo Russell for Paul George

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 05/18/17 03:30AM EDT

How that the Los Angeles Lakers has officially snagged the Top 2 overall pick at the upcoming NBA Draft, the outspoken father of NBA hopeful Lonzo Ball has firmly stated they will only workout with the Lakers. This is giving too many conclusions to Lakers fans that somehow, the deal may have been officially signed between the Ball's and the Lakers top honchos.

Lonzo to Bring Lakers to Playoffs, Even NBA Championship

"There's no doubt in my mind whatsoever. I'm going to say it again, in English, speak it into existence. In Spanish, speak it into existence. In Africa, speak that mother [expletive] into existence," LaVar Ball told Lakers Nation in an exclusive interview. As confident as he is, LaVar added that, they will only workout with the Lakers, "Just the Lakers. There's nobody else that we need to work out for."

LaVar speaks highly of his son he believes that the Lakers' playoff drought will soon come to an end once Lonzo dons the purple and gold jersey. While they are not aiming for the Rookie of the Year award, they have another goal set in mind, a championship between now and seven years.

Use D'Angelo Russell to Lure Paul George?

So where does D'Angelo Russell come in play? With still two years remaining on his contract, buzzes are getting loud that 21-year old point guard has been placed on the trading table and being shopped to teams in search of a point guard.

Is playing the D'Angelo Russell card enough to bring Paul George to Los Angeles Lakers? With Magic Johnson now at the helm of the franchise, many Lakers fans starts dreaming big things. This includes George's dream of playing for the Lakers.

But there's just one problem - a $70 million kind big problem. According to USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick, if George is named to an All-NBA team this year, the Pacers will be able to offer him a five-year, $200-million-plus contract as per the CBA rules finalized back in December.

As Amick explained, should George be named to the All-NBA team, the Pacers can offer a contract would worth approximately $70 million more than any other teams can offer. This offer is worth approximately $26 million more for a four-year contract but Pacers can offer max of five years, others cannot.

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