With the NBA Draft just one week away, teams are making their final preparations and bringing players in for last-minute workouts. There are also plenty of rumors swirling about who teams are targeting and which teams are looking to make trades, so we're here to help you sort through the mud. Here are all the latest NBA Draft rumors you need to know:
Lakers open to trading No. 2 pick
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to take Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the draft, but they may not be in position to pick him. According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are open to trading the pick:
In the month since, however, 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.
This has been ongoing as the Lakers wrap up their work leading up to the draft June 22. In addition to the second overall pick, the Lakers have the 28th pick in the first round.
Los Angeles has also expressed interest in Josh Jackson and De'Aaron Fox, both of whom could be targets if they move back in the draft (depending on how far back they move).
Kings targeting De'Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson
The Sacramento Kings are also targeting Jackson and Fox, and are interested in trading up to get one of them, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Daily News.
One league source said Tuesday that former Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox and former Kansas small forward Josh Jackson were mentioned as targets for the Kings. There's a chance that both of them could be selected in the top four picks. That's why the source said the team is still considering packaging the picks. Another league source said Fox wouldn't slip past the Kings at five if they remained there. Time will tell about that and how serious the Kings are about making a trade.
Sacramento has discussed sending the No. 5 and No. 10 picks to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 3 pick, but the Kings are hesitant about making the deal as they think the price is too steep. However, the two sides will continue to stay in contact leading up to and during the draft.
76ers looking to trade down for Dennis Smith Jr.?
Philadelphia is interested in trading down to select Malik Monk, but they have also taken a strong interest in Dennis Smith Jr., according to ESPN's Ian Begley.
Some members of the Sixers organization are fans of Smith Jr., per league sources. Philadelphia owns the No. 3 pick and would presumably trade back to acquire Smith Jr.
Smith averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game this past season.Back to the NBA Newsfeed