June 19, 2017, 9:07 am
Despite talks last week about Lonzo Ball taking meetings with other lottery teams, nothing has happened on that front and the Lakers remain the only team he’s met with.
Ball’s camp was reportedly leaning towards working with teams who pick below L.A. in the draft but it appears that nothing has changed, perhaps signaling that the Lakers are leaning towards picking the UCLA guard. It’s still a bit of a risky gambit for Ball, whose known desire to play for L.A. may have scared other teams away. The Lakers are said to be deciding between him, Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox at No. 2 and the fact that the field is so bunched together this year could seriously hurt Ball if the Lakers pick someone else. The Suns, Celtics and Kings behind them may not feel comfortable taking a player who they haven’t met with when there’s plenty of viable talent to be had. That remains speculation though, as Ball is still the favorite to be drafted to the Purple and Gold. His selection may also spur the team to trade D’Angelo Russell, perhaps in an exchange that nets the additional first-round picks that they have been after.