However, if Ball (the expected pick in next month's draft) can't co-exist with Russell on the floor, or even if the Lakers have even the slightest of reservations of it working, it complicates things. When you're in the trade deadline and you're talking about trading picks, it's 1-4 or possibly 5 if Brooklyn starts winning games and so forth. In today's National Basketball Association, picks are very valuable.
Rarely does a playoff team have the top pick in the NBA Draft.
Meanwhile, the Lakers are in a prime spot for post-Kobe Bryant redemption as they could walk away with a top young talent or trade that pick along with Jordan Clarkson to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.
The Orlando Magic entered this year's lottery with the fifth-best odds, but actually wound up falling to the sixth pick.
LaVar, as charismatic as ever, doesn't have any doubts as to whether or not the Lakers will select Lonzo second overall on June 22.
Boston already obtained first-round picks from Brooklyn in 2014 and 2016. He mentioned the club's need to address the wing position and also discussed the future of guard Eric Bledsoe who has been rumored as a trade option depending on how the draft and upcoming free-agency plays out. He has two years remaining on his rookie deal, which makes him way cheaper than any starter in free agency. Kevin Durant added 16 points and Draymond Green had 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. He also shot 50.4 percent from the floor and 34.1 percent from three-point range in his lone season at Duke. Duke forward Jayson Tatum, N.C. State point guard Dennis Smith Jr., Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac and Kentucky guards De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk will also likely be gone by the time the Hornets pick.
That's a gamble, considering the Lakers could pass up on the 6-foot-6 former UCLA guard out of Chino Hills, California. But the noise surrounding him might be too much for a contending team and the prospect of drafting someone so adamant about being a Laker might be enough to turn them off of Lonzo.