Lakers 'Taking And Making Calls' On Trading No. 2 Draft Pick

Outside of a single ESPN interview where he said he would prefer to be drafted by the Lakers (his hometown team) than be drafted number one, he's not the one who said he could beat Michael Jordan in his prime, or that he was better than Steph Curry. The University of Washington guard could be the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft by the Boston Celtics, or he could be available to the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall pick. That means that if KU's Josh Jackson, Duke's Jayson Tatum or either of Kentucky's vastly different but equally intriguing guards De'Aaron Fox or Malik Monk were to go No. 1 it would pay 19/1. Ball has also remained adamant about working out only for the Lakers.

As for Fultz, most mock drafts project him as the No. 1 pick for a few reasons. He was recently hosted by the Celtics and reportedly had a great time, even if he shot poorly during the workout. Ball spoke highly of the workout, but it was clear, in the Lakers eyes, he came up short. In that scenario, the Lakers could find it hard to accommodate Ingram, Jackson and George in the same starting line up. He did well in both, and there were whispers that he could be the selection at No. 2. Of course, former UCLA Bruins point guard Lonzo Ball stole the show. Sitting in third position, most assumed they would have their choice of the plethora of top picks aside from Fultz and Lonzo that we all know are still quite good.

Additionally, looking at the criticisms of Ball from his workout, many of these are minor issues. At this time of year there are a lot of smokescreens, but where there is smoke there is usually fire. Ball enjoyed dinner with Pelinka, Johnson and Lakers head coach Luke Walton, and then last Wednesday he worked out for the Lakers. So if you believe this report, it's likely that the Lakers are the team that has promised Jackson they will select him.

Ball is hoping to give the Lakers an up-close look at his training regimen and work ethic. I can put the ball on the floor and make plays for other guys, find guys when they're open.

LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of the UCLA standout guard, originally told Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation his son would only work out for the Lakers. But Fultz sounded more consumed with outperforming Ball on the court, instead. There is still one week left for the Lakers to decide on trading their pick.