The Lakers have been one of the more active teams in their pursuit of the next star in the NBA Draft during the draft combine in Chicago on Thursday and Friday. Doing their due diligence, the Lakers are interviewing an array of prospects leading up to the Draft on June 26. The list can be found below, with our respective scouting profiles and other pertinent posts.
One of the oft-mocked players to the Lakers, Vonleh oozes potential, but limited immediate impact might shoo them away. He’s certainly a project, but a project that could blossom into a star.
Smart was once considered the top pick in last year’s draft before returning to school for his sophomore season. Now, Smart’s stock has taken a hit due to questions of his attitude, moving him into the Lakers range.
Quite possible one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft, little is known about Exum considering he played in Australia. However, given his physical stature and measurables, GMs are very excited for his future. Better yet for the Lakers, Exum relocated to Los Angeles and has Kobe Bryant’s agent as his own, and appeared at many Lakers games this season. That’s certainly a lot of coincidences for one man
Certainly doing their due diligence, the Lakers interviewed Rodney Hood, a late lottery pick. This would certainly be a stretch in the top six and even if the worse-case scenario happened and the Lakers get the nine pick.