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Lakers exploring possibility of trading down to No. 4

20 June, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Greg Santos
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The Lakers need to ensure that they remain an attractive destination for George next summer, or to make a move to get him this season. Ford added that the Lakers believe that either Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson will be available at No. 4.

The Brooklyn Nets also have three picks in this year's draft but because of the trade with the Celtics instead of the 1st pick they will be picking 22nd, 27th and 57th.

According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the team wants Lonzo Ball and has already discussed a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics for the No. 2 or No. 3 pick, respectively.

The Lakers could take De'Aaron Fox or Dennis Smith Jr.at No. 4 and acquire another asset from the Suns. There were even rumors that Ball was out of shape at his Lakers workout. In fact, Johnson was so impressed after Fultz's workout with the Lakers earlier this week, it was reported that the Lakers President was "in love" with Fultz.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are now, for all intents and purposes, in the driver's seat for the 2017 NBA Draft.

What does George have to do with Thursday's NBA Draft? While the Lakers "earned" their number two pick by not having a great season, something that was plagued them in recent years. How many point guards will be taken in the top 8?

"The Suns have been trying to trade up and have had conversations with both the Lakers and Celtics".

Phoenix is very, very high on Lonzo Ball, and think he's the ideal fit next to Devin Booker in the backcourt, and that would likely be who they would trade up for. With his MVP-like performance last season, many teams will be interested in trading their best player for Thomas, who led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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