Lakers News: Latest Buzz Surrounding Potential Draft Picks and More

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While copiousness of NBA fans are profitable pleasantness to a Western and Eastern Conference Finals, a Los Angeles Lakers‘ offseason is in full swing.

With a breeze lottery in a rearview, a Lakers now possess a 25th and 47th picks in a Jun 21 draft. And they’ve already started operative out intensity picks in L.A.

In other news, whoever’s picked will approaching be among a showcases during a new summer joining that will take place in Sacramento, California.

So, who competence that man be? Is there any possibility he’s already been by a Lakers trickery this offseason?


Draft Workouts

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The Lakers have already hosted a dozen prospects during a UCLA Health Training Center. Udoka Azubuike, Keita Bates-Diop, Rob Gray, Jalen Hudson, Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. and Caleb Martin came by on May 7, per a Lakers website. DJ Hogg, Cody Martin, Chimezie Metu, Shake Milton, Allonzo Trier and Lindell Wiggington worked out for L.A. on May 9, according to a team.

In dual of a final 3 drafts, a Lakers have found revolution players in a behind finish of a draft: Larry Nance Jr. in 2015 (27th overall) and Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart in 2017. (Kuzma and Hart were acquired in draft-night trades after being comparison 27th by Brooklyn and 30th by Utah, respectively).

Could any of those names above be their fourth late first-round strike given 2015? The Martin twins fit a form of Nance and Kuzma. All 4 were in propagandize for during slightest 3 years. Wyoming (where Nance played) and Nevada (where a Martins played) are both in a Mountain West Conference. Utah (where Kuzma played) recently left a Mountain West.

The Lakers have had some fitness with these upperclassmen from mid-major programs, and they might hurl a bones one some-more time.


Summer League

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In another official release, a team’s appearance in a code new summer joining was announced on Monday.

“The Lakers will play in a initial California Classic Summer League during a Sacramento Kings‘ Golden 1 Center from Jul 2-5.

The Lakers will face each other member of a four-team field, commencement with an 8 p.m. matchup with a eventuality hosts on Monday, Jul 2.

L.A. will afterwards face a Miami Heat on Tuesday, Jul 3, during 6 p.m. before removing a day off for Fourth of July. It will interpretation a line-up opposite a Golden State Warriors during noon on Thursday, Jul 5.”

The group also announced that final season’s star rookies, Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, will not attend in summer joining movement this year.

There should still be reason to check out a Lakers, though. Hart, who averaged 15.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and dual assists in 11 games after a All-Star break, is approaching to play. Thomas Bryant, who averaged 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds for a South Bay Lakers in a G League, should also be there. And of course, whoever’s taken by a Lakers during Nos. 25 and 47 will also be in action.


IT Back?

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Free-agent indicate ensure Isaiah Thomas, who finished his 2017-18 debate with a Lakers, done some news himself on Twitter this week.

If IT truly is his aged self, he could turn an engaging giveaway representative aim this summer. In 2016-17, he posted an 8.7 descent box plus-minus for a Boston Celtics. It was a 16th-best OBPM in NBA history, per Basketball Reference.

If a Lakers skip out on large names like LeBron James and Paul George, rolling it behind with final season’s immature core and Thomas could make sense. There’s still copiousness of time for Ball, Kuzma, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram to develop. And there’s some justification that Thomas works good with during slightest a integrate of those guys.

This deteriorate a Lakers were outscored by 1.4 points per 100 possessions. When Ball common a building with Thomas, L.A. outscored opponents by 2.7 points per 100 possessions. When Thomas and Randle common a floor, a Lakers outscored opponents by a whopping 12.4 points per 100 possessions. And finally, in the 144 mins in that all 3 were in a game, L.A. outscored opponents by 14.5 points per 100 possessions.


Unless differently noted, stats pleasantness of NBA.comBasketball Reference or RealGM.

Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter (@AndrewDBailey) and listen to his Hardwood Knocks podcast, co-hosted by B/R’s Dan Favale.

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