NBA Rumors: LA Lakers Weighing Options on No. 2 Pick, Still Open for Trade

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 06/16/17 05:11AM EDT
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Is Lonzo Ball the right piece of the puzzle for the Los Angeles Lakers?

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Rumors around the NBA suggest that the Los Angeles Lakers is still open to the possibility of trading away their No. draft pick. The Lakers front office led by president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka may not seem eager to get Paul George from the Indiana Pacers, but they sure want to explore other possibilities brought by the second highest pick in the NBA Draft.

Will the Lakers Trade No. 2 Pick?

According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, "The Lakers have been taking and making calls about trading the pick, said a source who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. They've had scenarios presented to them, and offered their own." Will Magic Johnson use the No. 2 pick card to get Paul George?

Well, aside from whether or not the Pacers will agree, back in May, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said that the Lakers are pretty confident they're in position to get Paul George in 2018 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Woj added that the Lakers were sort of, advised not to give up assets or try to trade for PG13.

A No. 2 pick at the NBA Draft is surely an asset worth keeping. And unless the Lakers can bring another NBA superstar, they can use the NBA Draft in choosing the right piece of the puzzle in time before PG13 arrives in 2018.

LA Lakers Still Choosing Their No. 2 Pick

CBS Sports reported that the Lakers will meet with Lonzo Ball this Friday for the second time in a still undisclosed location following earlier reports that the NBA aspirant appeared out of shape during the first workout. The Lakers had a second workout with Josh Jackson last Tuesday after. Rumor has it that the Lakers are torn between Ball and Jackson.

But there's a third aspirant who could play as the dark horse, De'Aaron Fox, whom they had worked out with last Tuesday morning. Markelle Fultz is also said to be working out with the Lakers this Friday.



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