Lakers: Team Interviewed Jamal Murray and ‘Were Impressed’
The NBA Draft is only four days away and the Los Angeles Lakers have already started their pre-draft interviews of candidates they could select should they keep their draft pick
With the NBA Draft Combine fully underway, the Lakers have started the process of interviewing a series of players they could possibly select with either their top three or 32nd overall pick.
According to Rick Bozich of WDRB Sports, Wednesday night the Los Angeles Lakers interviewed University of Kentucky point guard, Jamal Murray, and “were impressed” by the 19 year old freshman.
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In the latest mock drafts, Murray seems to be hovering at around the sixth overall pick mark, but some have him going as high as third overall.
This makes the Purple and Gold’s decision to interview him less confusing, but concerning nonetheless seeing how the team already has the duo of Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell primed and ready to hold down the Lakers backcourt rotation for years to come.
At 6’5 the UK prospect would likely play combo guard, meaning he’d be taking minutes away from one of these two players, a practice we thought was left behind when LA fired Byron Scott.
Arguably, the Lakers could just be doing their due diligence, weighing all options, but with rumors of the team being willing to trade their pick away the possibilities are endless.
Could the team trade the pick down a few spots for a proven veteran plus a pick with hopes that Murray is still on the big board? Could LA do the unthinkable and not re-sign Jordan Clarkson?
As you probably already now, right now everything hinges on whether or not the Lakers actually retain their draft pick come Tuesday, May 17, but all signs point to LA knowing something that we don’t know.
You can join us on that fated date as we will be live chatting the entire event with fingers crossed and eyes wide open in hope of a better tomorrow.