The have been a lot of rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers and the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft, but a lot of that has just been white noise. Here's the latest on what to expect come draft night:
Will they trade the pick to Sacramento for DeMarcus Cousins?
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports, Kings head coach George Karl was to trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, and the Lakers have had preliminary talks about a three-way trade with Sacramento and Philadelphia. However, Sacramento's front office is reportedly split on their desire to trade Cousins, but Los Angeles has put the No. 2 pick on the table for Sacramento.
If they keep the pick, they'll take Jahlil Okafor
The Lakers are doing their due diligence by bringing in numerous draft prospects, but according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, they’re locked in on drafting Duke center Jahlil Okafor with the No. 2 overall pick:
The Lakers are going through the motions with other draft prospects—D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay have been in for workouts—but multiple league sources say L.A. is locked in on Okafor. Despite being overtaken by Towns, scouts still see Okafor as a franchise center—one with an enormous upside.
Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns has jumped Okafor as the consensus No. 1 pick, but if the Minnesota Timberwolves draft Okafor first, the Lakers will gladly take Towns.Back to the Los Angeles Lakers Newsfeed