NBA Draft Rumors Roundup: Ball To Talk To Other Teams, Kings Interested In Kennard & More

The NBA Draft is now just six days away, and teams around the league 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:

Lonzo Ball to talk to teams other than the Lakers
Lonzo Ball has only talked to and worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers throughout the draft process, but he is considering talking to a few other teams after a second workout for the Lakers today, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Lonzo Ball is still considering talking to teams that have lottery picks below the Los Angeles Lakers, a source close to the former UCLA Bruins star told ESPN.

Ball will work out for the Lakers -- who have the No. 2 pick in next week's NBA draft -- a second time Friday at an undisclosed, Los Angeles-area location. He remains hopeful the Lakers will give him some indication whether he has "separated himself" throughout the draft process, the source said, and he has no plans to speak with or work out for the Boston Celtics, who hold the No. 1 pick.

After Friday's workout, Ball will consider talking to other lottery teams that have asked to speak with him, according to the source.

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound Ball averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game while leading UCLA to a 31-5 record this season.

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Los Angeles "really looking hard" at Josh Jackson with No. 2 pick
Ball is looking at other teams because the Lakers are reportedly "split" on him and Josh Jackson with the No. 2 pick in next week's NBA Draft. Ball is still thought of as the favorite, that may be changing soon. Adrian Wojnarowski said on The Vertical Podcast with Woj that the Lakers are "really looking hard" at Jackson.

Josh Jackson from Kansas has really moved himself into consideration a little bit in No. 1. He did cancel a workout with Boston. He is not going there yet. That could change, there’s still time. But the Lakers have are really looking hard at Josh Jackson.

Even though the Celtics are considering Jackson with the top pick, it will be a complete shock if they took him over Markelle Fultz. If they do, the Lakers will take Fultz, no questions asked. Fultz worked out for Los Angeles yesterday.

There's no doubt that Jackson has impressed the Lakers - and many other teams - in his workouts and interviews, but I would still be shocked if they take him over Ball. LA has been going out of their way to do their due diligence and give the illusion that they aren't set on drafting Ball, but I'm hearing they still plan to take him.

The Lakers are rumored to be trying to trade the pick, so this could simply be a smokescreen to try and generate more trade interest. 

Jackson averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a freshman at Kansas last season.

Kings interested in Luke Kennard?
The Sacramento Kings have been heavily linked to Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox with the No. 5 pick, and they are keeping their options open at No. 10. 

They need more shooting and another scoring threat in the backcourt, and with Duke's Luke Kennard rising quickly up draft boards, Gary Parrish of CBS Sports thinks the Kings will take him with that selection.

If Sacramento is going to take a point guard who can't shoot with the fifth pick, it makes sense to take somebody who can with the 10th. So Kennard makes sense here. The 6-6 guard was among college basketball's biggest breakout stars this season while averaging 19.5 points and shooting 43.8 percent from 3-point range for a Duke team that won the ACC Tournament. He's one of the hottest names in this draft right now because of an impressive pro day during which Kennard blew scouts away with his ability to make long jumpers from basically everywhere on the court.

Kennard averaged 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a sophomore last season.

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