Lonzo Ball to have final predraft meeting with Lakers on Friday

We are very guard-heavy right now and are trying to develop D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson into stars.

The Lakers are looking at a number of point guards with the second selection in this year's National Basketball Association draft, and Lonzo isn't a lock to be selected there. The Texas Native highlighted his impressive season with a 39-point performance, the most ever by a freshman in the NCAA Tournament, against fellow draft prospect Lonzo Ball of UCLA.

The more I look at this, Jackson probably fits the Lakers better than Lonzo Ball.

The Warriors may have clinched their second NBA Title in three years Monday night, but NBA Draft prospect Lonzo Ball and his father, LaVar, still managed to steal the show. The Lakers have listened to offers, but they maintain that second-year forward Brandon Ingram is not available. Did the Lakers truly believe that Ball did not have the requisite skills to be an upper echelon player in the National Basketball Association or could they be doing this to ensure the Celtics select Markelle Fultz, the point guard out of the University of Washington.

Many qualities have made the Lakers impressed with Ball, including his leadership potential, passing and scoring.

Josh Jackson working out for the Los Angeles Lakers signals that Lonzo Ball getting drafted by his favorite team is not a slam dunk.

Over the weekend, the former NC State point guard worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers, who own the No. 2 and No. 28 picks in this year's first round.

The Lakers also hosted individual workouts for Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox and Kansas guard/forward Josh Jackson, while also watching Jackson in Sacramento and Fox in Thousand Oaks through his sports agency.

Still, Fox downplayed that point, saying that game shouldn't be a consideration for the Lakers to take him over Ball.

Beyond competing against other great players in terms of talent on the court, Ball also brings his father and the entirety of the Big Baller Brand with him to whatever franchise eventually selects him.

With the season over and the NBA Draft on June 22nd, you can bet this won't be the last you hear from the Ball family. With the Lakers now loaded with forwards, they may look for someone that can help defensively. He said that the Philadelphia 76ers could be the team that were picking Jackson, but he also added that the promise likely came from the Lakers. Fultz said the Lakers' brass gave him similar feedback. "I wouldn't say I'm a awful defender-just being locked it".

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