The Los Angeles Lakers are rarely in the draft lottery and when they are they hope to turn things around quickly.
Although they may not be able to get a superstar with the seventh-overall selection, the Lakers should be able to acquire a good player in what appears to be a very deep draft. That’s why they have had so many players in for workouts.
Last week, the Lakers held a workout for several prospects, including former Arizona Wildcats’ power forward Aaron Gordon, former Indiana Hoosiers’ big man Noah Vonleh, former Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns point Elfrid Payton, former Oklahoma State Cowboys’ point guard Marcus Smart, former UCLA Bruins’ guard Zach LaVine, former Syracuse Orange point guard Tyler Ennis and former Kentucky Wildcats’ swingman James Young, among others. However, former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker and former Michigan Wolverines’ swingman Nik Stauskas canceled their visits.
According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, Stauskas has since rescheduled that workout. Stauskas has been nursing a wrist injury, which is why he rescheduled. The Lakers are anxious to get Stauskas in for a look, but according to one report, it is because they may opt to draft Stauskas and trade the rights to him.
Stauskas put up 17.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game in his sophomore season. He shot 47.0% from the field, 44.2% from beyond the arc and 82.4% from the free throw line. At the NBA’s Scouting Combine, he measured in at 6’6.5 and 207 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’7.75. He is currently ranked as the 14th-overall prospect in the draft by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and is currently projected to be selected with the ninth-overall pick in the first round by the New Orleans Pelicans.