Lonzo Ball's NBA draft stock stays strong as Lakers watch

Both Lonzo and his father have repeatedly expressed interest in Lonzo joining the Lakers since before the UCLA season ended.

"Jonathan Isaac would be in that group if he was a little more developed and stronger", one executive said. Fultz is hands down the best scorer in this draft, and would be a great fit alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid; if they're healthy. So the draft is really good. The Lakers taking Southern California native Lonzo Ball has always been the most-likely scenario, and despite reports that the team was less than pleased with Ball's initial workout, it appears this is still the case.

The move doesn't come as a surprise, as it has been rumored for months that George would like to play for either a contender or his hometown Lakers.

- JAWUN EVANS: The 6-1 sophomore left Oklahoma State as the Big 12's No. 2 scorer (19.2 points) and an all-conference pick.

"We'll still be able to get the player we want in the draft". Jackson and Ingram can be interchangeable parts just like the Warriors do with KD [Kevin Durant], Draymond [Green], [Andre] Iguodola and all their other players.

Also, on Wednesday, Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro tipped through his Twitter page that the Phoenix Suns, who holds the No. 4 pick, had also arranged a workout session with Jackson in Sacramento on that day.

In the first meeting, Fox outscored Ball by six points and had two more assists. The best case-scenario for the Kings would be to get younger and start building through the draft, and Fox is a gamble and a good start to that process. What that means for D'Angelo Russell and/or Jordan Clarkson is up in the air, but after Paul George informed the Pacers he's going to leave in 2018, and the rumors - though tepid at this point - that LeBron James is quietly considering leaving the Cavs, specifically for one of the L.A. teams, let's start connecting the dots. Ball, meanwhile, was limited to just 10 points, eight assists and three rebounds. "He could turn a team around with a Jason Kidd-type of effect". Defenses had to respect the shooting of freshman guard Malik Monk and sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe, which gave Fox driving lanes to convert at the rim. "He could be a beast defensively".

With the Celtics winning the Eastern Conference last season, adding a player like Jackson will make things interesting for them.

- NIGEL WILLIAMS-GOSS: The 6-3 junior was a second-team AP all-American (16.8 points, 4.7 assists) in leading Gonzaga to the NCAA championship game. "If he develops a three-point shot, he'd be unreal because he's got everything". But there are some forwards who can make an impact, including Duke's Jason Tatum and Kansas' Josh Jackson. He said what he thought needed to be said about former UCLA star Lonzo Ball and his outspoken father, LaVar.

Now I see a kid like Markelle Fultz is going to be the number one pick and I am pumped all over again!

  • Julie Sanders