Lakers split on Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson at No. 2

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Lakers split on Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson at No. 2

Oliver, a sophomore forward from the University of Nevada, finished with averages of 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game this past season.

Thursday, they are meeting with University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz, widely expected to be taken first overall by the Boston Celtics.

John Gambadoro reported Monday that Jackson had received a promise from a team in the top three - the Celtics (probably not), the Lakers (insert emoji eyes here), or the Sixers (interesting).

If LaVar Ball really wants his son Lonzo Ball to play for the Los Angeles Lakers (he does), he's going about selling the franchise on the idea in a curious way. Fultz is an excellent example of this. Fultz said the Lakers were interested in his ability off pick-and-roll sets and his shooting mechanics. And to that I say, bring on the chaos. "I think I can contribute to that".

In May, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said the team would explore the idea of trading the pick, but noted the price tag would be sky high, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Fultz didn't have to work out for anyone at all, and some consensus No. 1 picks choose to work out only for the top team. Fultz added the Lakers brass offered similar feedback.

The ad got a little too real when Lonzo discussed how LaVar told 29 of the 30 National Basketball Association teams to "not bother" drafting him because he's going to the Lakers, considering the recent infatuation Los Angeles has shown in Josh Jackson.

When the Lakers wound up with the second overall pick after the lottery, many thought that the script was already written, the story too good not to come true.

No matter what happens, this spot is a heads-up play by Footlocker, and one we will look back on decades from now whether the baller is a future Hall-of-Famer or a bust.

The NBA season is over so it's officially time for the real storylines.

"Can I just give you a little advice?", Kimmel asked. "It's a great city, a great team-a lot of history behind this team".

Fultz sounded more consumed with the Lakers' championship history and X's and O's than their proximity to Hollywood. I don't lose 1-on-1...

In terms of being drafted by the Lakers, Fultz mentioned potentially receiving great publicity and building his brand in Los Angeles, selling points that the Lakers have long pitched to prospective free agents but especially now as the team is rebuilding.

"Emphasis on the ball", LaVar responded.

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