The Lakers are reportedly still torn on whether or not they want to take Lonzo Ball in the NBA Draft.
The 2017 NBA draft is two weeks away and the Los Angeles Lakers, slotted at the No.2 pick, still don’t know which direction they should go.
UCLA’s Lonzo Ball has been linked to the Lakers for much of the offseason since the Boston Celtics are expected to pass on him with the No.1 pick for Washington’s Markelle Fultz.
Reportedly, Lakers executives are torn between the local homegrown product in Ball, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox and Kansas freshman standout wing Josh Jackson.
According to ESPN’s Chad Ford the Lakers draft arrow still points to selecting Ball but they are giving serious thought to the two other players. Fox, because of how he outplayed Ball in the NCAA Tournament, and Jackson for what he could bring them defensively.
"“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.”"
The Ball family has made it no secret since the Lakers were awarded the No.2 pick that they would love and prefer to be selected by them, but on Wednesday, Ball worked out for the Lakers and still said he would love the chance to play for the organization, but he will play anywhere.
For what its worth, Ford gives Ball the best odds to be drafted by the Lakers at 40 percent, followed by Jackson at 35 percent and Fox at 25 percent.