The Los Angeles Lakers are highly invested in bolstering their roster with elite free agents this summer.
Mykhailiuk became the second former KU player drafted on Thursday night, joining teammate and best friend, Devonte' Graham, who was selected No. 34 overall by Atlanta before being sent to Charlotte.
It's not like the Lakers, at least as now constructed, have a team that LeBron can compete with. Bovada has put out updated odds to land LeBron and the Lakers are at the top. "Magic had to get over a Spartan drafting a Wolverine but once we got over that, he was our guy".
Using the No. 39 pick they acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers (will be official after the National Basketball Association moratorium period), the Lakers selected another German, 18-year-old Isaac Bonga.
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Fortunately for us, free agency begins in one week. If the Lakers mystique is still alive and well, now is the time to prove it. I'll assume that means guaranteeing Collison's $10 million salary rather than waiving him ($2 million guaranteed) and attempting to re-sign him for less.
"They obviously are a very flashy franchise", Wagner said. Wagner can play with his back to the basket and he is a decent passer.
It's just the 39th pick in the draft, but acquiring the selection could help the Lakers should their plan to collect free-agents come to fruition. At 21 years old, he has plenty of upside for someone taken with the No. 47 pick. That game topped a 30 points effort he had against Oklahoma in the Big 12 tournament.
Second-round picks differ from first-round selections in that they don't count against the salary cap. While many teams like taking players based on what they might be, the Lakers have been selecting players that are ready to perform rather than trying to hit it big with a prospect. The Cleveland Cavaliers remain an option for James, but rumors and reports have linked James to teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Houston Rockets.
The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.