By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Lakers are saying that they are unsure who they will pick with the second overall pick. This could be all smoke signals, as the team may be unwilling to let their pick out until it is known by Adam Silver, the Commissioner.
According to ESPN Lakers reporter Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers are unsure who it would be as the speculation continues to be either Duke big man Jahlil Okafor or Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell. If it is Russell, then Okafor could fall all the way to No. 4 with the New York Knicks.
If they do select Okafor, there would be limited minutes for him with their current big man depth chart. However, if it is Russell, the team would immediately insert him into the starting lineup, as former starter Jeremy Lin is going to be a free agent. It is very unlikely that Lin will be returning in Hollywood moving forward.
Last season, the Lakers had an impressive season from rookie Jordan Clarskon. Right now, he’s currently being linked to a propsed deal with the Sacramento Kings involving DeMarcus Cousins. The Lakers are leary to include Clarson and also last year’s first rounder Julius Randle in the deal for Cousins.
It will be interesting to see what the Lakers do in a few hours. If they do shake up the draft, it could accept multiple teams, as if Russell goes to the Lakers, then the Philadelphia Sixers would likely deal their pick.
The Boston Celtics are being talked about as the most popular destination for the third overall pick should the Sixers deal it. The Knicks are also talking to the Sixers about moving up a spot; however, the Sixers may not want any players that currently reside in New York.
One has to believe that a deal including the Celtics and the Sixers would involve Marcus Smart.
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