Sport 2017 NBA Draft rumors: Lonzo Ball 'didn’t blow the Lakers away' at workout

19:20  09 june  2017
19:20  09 june  2017 Source:   Sporting News

NBA Draft 2017: Lonzo Ball scheduled for second workout with Lakers

  NBA Draft 2017: Lonzo Ball scheduled for second workout with Lakers As everyone knows by now, Ball only plans to work out for the hometown Lakers.The former UCLA standout will go through a second pre-draft workout with Los Angeles at an undisclosed location where the Lakers brass will reportedly “take a detailed look at Ball's work ethic.

Lonzo Ball was fine. He was humble and respectful in conversation over meals. He very well might be the Los Angeles Lakers ’ draft pick in two weeks’ time. Yet Ball also didn ’ t blow the Lakers away or seal any deal in the time he spent with their officials Tuesday and Wednesday, according to sources.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Lonzo Ball finally circled their date with destiny, set to meet on June 7 for a workout that can change the course of the Lakers ’ franchise. NBA Draft 2017 : Lakers to work out Josh Hart, Jawun Evans and others Monday.

The running assumption for the NBA Draft right now is that the Celtics will select Markelle Fultz with the top pick, and the Lakers will follow with Lonzo Ball at two. But that may not end up being the case.

While Ball has made his preference to play in Los Angeles very clear, the Lakers may not reciprocate. They are still interested in him as a prospect, but there's no guarantee he goes second overall. According to Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, Ball "didn’t blow the Lakers away or seal any deal in the time he spent with their officials Tuesday and Wednesday."

Ding also reported that the Lakers are interested in other prospects such as Fultz (if he doesn't go first), Josh Jackson and De'Aaron Fox.

NBA Draft 2017: Lonzo Ball may talk to other lottery teams besides Lakers, report says

  NBA Draft 2017: Lonzo Ball may talk to other lottery teams besides Lakers, report says The former UCLA star is considering talking to other lottery teams besides the Lakers after his initial workout with L.A.The report comes in the context that Ball in his first workout this week reportedly didn't blow away the Lakers, who hold the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft and this week also hosted Markelle Fultz, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick, as well as Josh Jackson and De'Aaron Fox.

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The Los Angeles Lakers will work out guard De'Aaron Fox next week, who could be a serious option for them with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft . Lonzo Ball has never been a lock for the Lakers . Fox interview will blow them away .

This report is similar to what ESPN's Chad Ford wrote recently about Ball:

"I also think it reflects a genuine split within the organization about whom the best long-term candidate is. Ball was a clear favorite of the prior administration run by Mitch Kupchak and still has his fans within the organization. But the Lakers also took note on how Fox outplayed Ball in their head-to-head matchup in March. And Jackson has always been another favorite in the organization."

Ford believes Ball's chances to be selected by the Lakers stands at 40 percent with Jackson at 35 percent and Fox at 25 percent.

Lonzo Ball © (Getty Images) Lonzo Ball

Ball knows there's no guarantee he'll play in L.A., even though it's his preferred destination. When asked following his Wednesday workout what would happen if the Lakers passed on him, he responded, "Go to any team and just do what I do. Play basketball."

We’ll know the Lakers’ intentions when the draft takes place June 22.

NBA Draft 2017: Is heartbreak on horizon for Ball family? .
The Lakers are leaning against selecting Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick the 2017 NBA Draft, according to Jordan Schultz, the latest basketball writer to report Ball-to-the-Lakers is anything but a done deal.A source of Schultz’s said that if the draft was held today, the Lakers would pass on Ball. The team “isn't convinced he's a star and remains concerned about LaVar.”LaVar, of course, is Lonzo’s over-the-top father, who has proclaimed his son being drafted by the family’s hometown Lakers is a foregone conclusion.Not according to multiple reports.

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