With the NBA draft coming towards us rather quickly, we are entering the ultimate speculation period. Teams will throw out ,”smokescreens” which basically try to fool other teams into making quick decisions.
The first rather significant one, comes from the LA Lakers. Yes, the team that is supposedly guaranteed to take Lonzo Ball. Well, that absolute may be challenged.
Arizona Sports.com Insider John Gambadoro reported that Josh Jackson received a promise during one of his workouts:
Josh Jackson has been promised – has worked out for Lakers in LA. Has not worked out for Phoenix yet. It could be Philly but likely Lakers.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) June 12, 2017
A promise is one of many ways teams try to get prospects to skip out on other workouts with teams around the league. Josh Jackson is a terrific prospect who brings defensive versatility and the ability to play three positions. Also, with the Lakers already having a point guard in D’Angelo Russell, the Ball family may not get their wish.
In all fairness, this report is rather speculative. Although, Gambadoro is a very reliable NBA source. All that really matters is that the Lakers are coming to the realization that Lonzo Ball might not be the guy. With the possibility of Lonzo Ball slipping, this creates a huge story-line in the 2017 NBA Draft.