For those already penciling Lonzo Ball to the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft, hold on a minute. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the Lakers are still discussing the pick and have not made any guarantees to Ball.
Ball had a second workout and meeting with the Lakers this past Friday and has not worked out for any other teams.
He might want to, though.
Los Angeles is also considering taking Kansas wing Josh Jackson or Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox, who lit up Ball’s UCLA Bruins for 39 points in the NCAA Tournament, with its top draft choice.
A life-long Lakers fan, it is Ball’s dream to end up playing for Los Angeles.
His father, LaVar, has regularly preached that Ball will be drafted by the Lakers and seems 100 percent positive of the fact that it will occur.
Ball, who grew up in Chino Hills, Ca., spent one season at UCLA, averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 55.1 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from three-point range.
Additionally, Ball posted a spectacular true-shooting percentage of 67.3 percent.
Los Angeles has missed the playoffs for four straight seasons, the first time that has ever happened in its franchise history. Prior to the 2015-16 campaign, the Lakers had never even failed to qualify for the postseason three straight years.
Los Angeles went 26-56 under first-year coach Luke Walton last season.
You can catch the NBA Draft on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.