The big NBA Draft rumor Friday had the Philadelphia 76ers trying to work a trade to lure away the Celtics’ No. 1 pick, but now there reportedly is another team seriously eyeing that No. 1 pick — the Lakers.
Former Washington star Markelle Fultz worked out for the Lakers Thursday, and director of basketball operations Magic Johnson “is in love” with Fultz, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. Givony sent out a series of tweets Friday, saying Fultz “murdered” his workout. He reportedly shot the ball “very well,” showed off a 40-inch vertical leap and played some 2-on-2 competition.
But Fultz is the consensus No. 1 pick, and since the Lakers hold the No. 2 pick, they would likely have trade up to get him. Givony says “multiple sources” indicate the Lakers might be willing to move forward Julius Randle and the No. 2 pick to Boston to get that coveted No. 1 selection.
Of course, plenty of rumors have surrounded the top of this draft for the past few weeks. At one point, the Lakers were said to be considering trading down in the first round.
While the Lakers have expressed interest in Josh Jackson, Givony said the former Kansas star’s workout with the team, “did not go well at all.” Givony said Jackson struggled with his shooting and handles.