At the 2017 NBA Draft lottery, the Los Angeles Lakers had a 46.9 percent chance of keeping their top-three protected pick. Fortunately for the storied franchise, they landed the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft which features Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Jackson.
With Ball being linked with the Lakers following one season at UCLA, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reports multiple teams are interested in the team’s second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, D’Angelo Russell:
With the Los Angeles Lakers coming away with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft following Tuesday night’s lottery, multiple NBA teams are evaluating trade packages for D’Angelo Russell, league sources told SI.com.
While the Lakers are expected to select another point guard, Russell is capable of playing both guard positions for head coach Luke Walton. As with any young prospect, Russell was inconsistent but played well following the All-Star break. In 21 games, the former lottery pick averaged 18.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in 33.3 minutes.
With the NBA Draft on June 22, there will be plenty of reports with the team’s pick. Although the Lakers could very well select a top prospect, Paul George will continue to be linked with his hometown team as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2017-18 NBA season. However, it would be ideal for the storied franchise to wait for the four-time All-Star.
Russell averaged 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in his second season.