Lakers Counting Down to NBA Draft on Thursday

The 76ers weren't the only team with their sights set on Markelle Fultz, the highly regarded option for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft.

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Duke forward Brandon Ingram with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. If not, the Lakers are willing to take De'Aaron Fox or Jayson Tatum if they are still on the board. While there have been inquires on the No. 2 pick, sources said it remains unlikely the Lakers would trade out of that position.

The Lakers met with the oldest Ball brother on Friday, a meeting which included a meeting with Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka. During their first workout, the Lakers were unimpressed with Ball's conditioning.

With Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson a lock with the 2nd pick, we hope the Lakers can make a Larry Nance kind of selection and pull out a major contributor off the mid-low first round, something Buss and Kupchak proved to be really good at in the past. Also, the Celtics have an All-Star point guard in Isaiah Thomas so taking one from the 2017 Draft is unnecessary.

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The Lakers held internal discussions about trading back two spots to No. 4 if the Suns were to offer them a 2018 first-round pick.

Many teams picking in the top ten are not like the Celtics looking for a player to add to an already developed roster.

Boston is expected to take Markelle Fultz as No. 1 overall pick but there is a strong possibility that they may take Jackson, who cancelled a workout with the Celtics this week. The Suns most likely will attempt to pair the two in the backcourt together, where both players posses the scoring and passing ability to become a potentially lethal tandem. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists a game as a freshman last season.