Ever since the Los Angeles Lakers received the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft, it's been assumed that the team will draft former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball after the Celtics take Markelle Fultz, the consensus top pick in the class.
According to the Huffington Post's Jordan Schultz, though, the Lakers "would pass on Lonzo Ball if the NBA Draft was today," citing a source inside the organization.
On Monday's episode of "Undisputed", Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe and Chris Broussard reacted to the report, and broke down the Lakers' intentions.
All indications are the Lakers still want Lonzo Ball
“I’ve been calling around the league, talking to people to see what they’re hearing about this. I have not heard that [the Lakers] would pass on Lonzo Ball. I’m being told they do really like him. There are some people, I’ve heard, there that aren’t that high on him.
"A lot of people around the league think this is a smokescreen. This also could be ‘look, let’s not make it look like we’re just going to do what LaVar Ball wants,’ like he’s controlling this whole situation.
"They do like Josh Jackson, from what I hear. De’Aaron Fox is really moving up on a lot of people’s boards.”
Justin FordJustin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Lonzo Ball has question marks, but his potential is incredible
“I’m one that believes Lonzo can be a transcendent-type player, like a Jason Kidd - but I am not fully convinced. I think it is a possibility that he’s just a pretty good player, or mediocre.
"What people around the league are saying some of the concerns… when he goes right, you know he’s got to go all the way to the rim because he can’t pull up, with his form, and get a mid-range shot. Evengoing left it can be a challenge. He’s going to probably have to change his form, at least on the mid-range shot.
"Defensively, that’s a concern too, but a lot of guards don’t play great defense. I still think they’ll take him. To see Magic [Johnson] pass on this type of point guard… that’s hard to believe.”
Mark J. RebilasMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Lakers might be trying to deceive the Celtics
“I agree with you, because I’m not really sure what to believe. Maybe they’re saying ‘well, we’re not that high on him’ hoping that the Celtics take Markelle Fultz and then there’s Lonzo Ball.
"We’ve heard this before, just a month ago. Guess where we heard that at? Cleveland, ‘well we’re not 100 percent on Myles Garrett… Myles Garrett or [Mitchell] Trubisky.’ Who’d they take?
"The guy everybody had been projected to be No. 1 the whole time. Maybe this is all smokescreens, we won’t know until draft night - but it would be hard for me to believe they would pass up on a hometown kid that’s going to fall into their lap.”
Ron ChenoyRon Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Magic Johnson simply can't pass up on Lonzo Ball
“If Magic Johnson passes up on Lonzo Ball, it will be the biggest mistake Magic Johnson has made in his basketball life.
"And he will not pass up on Lonzo Ball. It’s made for the Lakers. It’smade for Magic Johnson.
"This kid is gifted. He’s got the passing gift and you can’t teach it or coach it or modify it. It’s there or it’s not. I think he’s transcendent.”
Gary A. VasquezGary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Boston should take Lonzo Ball with the first pick
“I like your thought about smokescreens, because to me, if I’m Danny Ainge, I’m taking Lonzo Ball. I’m sorry, I’m just doing it. I don’t care about Isaiah Thomas. [Lonzo’s] just too good to pass up. He’s going to be better at what he does than Markelle Fultz is at what he does - and he looks like a really gifted kid.
"Maybe it’s a smokescreen like, ‘Eh, we’re losing interest here, blah blah blah.’ Just to make sure that Boston doesn’t take him.”
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