Sports Report: Ball heavy favorite to be drafted by Lakers

19:18  19 june  2017
19:18  19 june  2017 Source:   theScore

Report: Lonzo Ball underwhelms Lakers during workout

  Report: Lonzo Ball underwhelms Lakers during workout It's felt like a foregone conclusion since the NBA draft lottery that UCLA alumnus Lonzo Ball would be heading to the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick.  Well, hold your horses. While it could very well just be another smokescreen from the organization, the 19-year-old guard reportedly underwhelmed the Lakers during his pre-draft workout Wednesday, sources told Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding.Interest remains in Washington's Markelle Fultz and Kansas' Josh Jackson, as well as Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox, who is scheduled to see the team Tuesday.

According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, the Lakers will take a long look at Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox as their potential pick at number two. Word out of LA is Lonzo Ball is heavy favorite at #2, but will take a long hard look at De'Aaron Fox too.

Yahoo Lakers Report . Marcus Smart remains another favorite to drop to the Lakers at seven. SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell, Yahoo Sports, NBA Draft Net and CBS Sports' Gary Parrish all have the Lakers drafting Smart as Kobe Bryant's next backcourt mate.

The Los Angeles Lakers appear to be nearing a decision on who they'll pick with the No. 2 selection in this week's draft.

  Report: Ball heavy favorite to be drafted by Lakers © Juan Ocampo / National Basketball Association / Getty

After mulling the decision over the past 48 hours, the Lakers have moved "closer and closer" to choosing former UCLA standout Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick, sources told ESPN's Chad Ford.

Related: Report: Lakers looking to acquire additional 1st-round pick

After reportedly underwhelming the Lakers during his first workout with Los Angeles, Ball had a "solid" second workout with the team on Friday, and is now the heavy favorite to land with the purple and gold. The 19-year-old was able to go through his normal workout routine, and had the opportunity to sit down with Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka.

The Lakers have reportedly also expressed interest in taking De'Aaron Fox and Josh Jackson with the pick.

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Walton: Ball will help improve Lakers' culture .
With the Lonzo Ball era one step closer to kicking off after Thursday's draft, the burden of responsibility on Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton just got heavier. Walton, though, seems excited for the challenge, and hopeful that the second overall pick's style of play and attitude will bring immediate improvement after L.A.'s 25-56 finish last year."He'll help improve our culture with the way he plays, the way he passes, his selfless nature, and that's why we took him," Walton told reporters Thursday.

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