Just as has been reported would happen, the Lakers selected Brandon Ingram #2 overall in the NBA Draft. The 6’9″ Duke product can instantly be penciled in at SF and joins a lineup of other young Lakers and Luke Walton to be a key piece of the team’s future.

We’ve already discussed Ingram’s game plenty, so there’s no need to cover that ground again right now. We’ll have more up in the coming days about his fit, strengths and weaknesses, and what to expect for this upcoming year and beyond.

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The NBA Draft is finally here. And while there’s not a lot of intrigue about who the Lakers have in their sights with the #2 pick, there is plenty surrounding how they’ll use pick #32 and whether any other moves will occur. Our guy Caleb has profiled multiple prospects for that pick and there are yet still other candidates for that spot.

But this is just the start of the action.

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Okay, so maybe that headline is misleading. The Lakers are very likely to pick whoever the 76ers do not pick from the Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram duo. But with the 76ers reportedly telling Simmons he will go #1, the Lakers have reportedly made up their minds that Ingram will be their guy.

Ramona Shelburne and Chad Ford have the intel:

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While most of the attention on the Lakers this draft season stem from them holding the #2 overall pick, the team also holds the #32 selection in the upcoming draft. With that, we will be having a series of posts on potential options for that selection. This installment looks at a draft-and-stash option in Isaia Cordinier from France.

Isaia Cordinier

Shooting Guard, 6’5″, 180 lbs. Denain ASC Voltaire, 19 years old

2015-16 stats:

23.4 minutes, 10.8 points, 46.3 field goal percentage, 77.9 free throw percentage, 2.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks.

Big Board Rankings:

Draft Express – 39, CBS (Sam Vecenie) – 42, Sports Illustrated – 51, ESPN (Chad Ford) — 44

Strengths:

Isaia Cordinier is 6’5 with a 6’8 wingspan and is very athletic. He’s got a lot of potential going forward, but he’s definitely not ready to contribute to the NBA right now, which isn’t a bad thing for the Lakers. If you want a player who has about the same height, weight, and wingspan, look at a young guy on the Lakers by the name of Jordan Clarkson. While Clarkson is older, Cordinier is going to need some time before coming over to the United States, which makes him a very good draft-and-stash prospect. 

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The Lakers schedule for the Las Vegas Summer League has been released and there are some good match ups on the docket. Most interesting will be when the Lakers play the 76ers in what will be a match up of the top 2 picks in the draft — expected to be Ben Simmons to Philly and Brandon Ingram to LA.

Should Ingram indeed be the pick, there has been an open question about who of his young Lakers’ teammates would join him. Well, we might just have an answer according to the LA Daily News’ Mark Medina:

First off, while fans surely would want Clarkson and Randle to play, it is actually pretty rare for a 3rd year pro to play in Summer League. Clarkson was already showing he had outgrown that environment last season and when combined with his restricted free agency this summer, him not suiting up shouldn’t be a surprise.

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On Monday we told you that the intrigue surrounding this draft was not very high. Rumors may try to throw us off track, but the more information we get, the more it simply confirms what was originally thought to be. If there was any doubt remaining, though, Tuesday morning Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com is set to erase it.

Haynes is reporting that the 76ers have informed Ben Simmons they will select him with the #1 overall selection:

LeBron James and his agent Rich Paul are still winning.

The Philadelphia 76ers have informed the camp of Ben Simmons that they will select the forward with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday, league sources informed cleveland.com.

Paul, of Cleveland-based Klutch Sports, represents Simmons.

Putting together the puzzle pieces, it seems pretty clear that Haynes, who covers the Cavs in Cleveland, has sources inside the camp of Simmons’ agent — the same agent who represents LeBron James.

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Caleb Cottrell —  June 21, 2016 — 3 Comments

While most of the attention on the Lakers this draft season stem from them holding the #2 overall pick, the team also holds the #32 selection in the upcoming draft. With that, we will be having a series of posts on potential options for that selection. This installment looks at Patrick McCaw, a sophomore guard out of UNLV.

Patrick McCaw

Shooting Guard, 6’6.5″, 181 lbs. Sophomore, UNLV, 20 years old

2015-16 stats:

33.7 minutes, 14.7 points, 46.5 field goal percentage, 77.4 free throw percentage, 3.9 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 0.4 blocks.

Big Board Rankings:

Draft Express – 29, CBS (Sam Vecenie) – 36, CBS (Doug Gottlieb) — 29, Sports Illustrated – 31, ESPN (Chad Ford) — 28

Strengths:

The second potential draft prospect from UNLV is Patrick McCaw. Unlike his teammate, Stephen Zimmerman, McCaw is a year older and plays shooting guard.  He’s got great size with his height and 6’10 wingspan to play both wing positions and is athletic enough to handle the quicker guys.

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It is NBA Draft Week. And while the crowning of the Cavs as the new NBA Champions will make up many of the storylines over the entirety of the off-season, the draft will occupy more and more of our time as we get closer to Thursday. Expect to read more mocks, more articles about who is moving up and down draft boards, and what each team should/will do.

Oh, and expect rumors. Lots of rumors.

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