The Los Angeles Lakers are used to being the subject of rumors, and the NBA offseason is always full of them. With the NBA Draft quickly approaching and free agency not far behind, rumors are flying about just what the Lakers could be up to.
This episode of the LN News Feed focuses on those rumors.
Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are preparing for the draft by working out a number of prospects and could even be interested in moving up in order to go after Zhaire Smith. However, they are also rumored to have promised to take big man Mitchell Robinson, who didn’t play in college but possesses plenty of potential thanks to his raw athleticism and length.
The latest rumor, however, just might be the juciest.
Maryland wing Kevin Huerter had a strong showing at the NBA Draft combine and then visited the Lakers for a workout on March 25. After that, he canceled an upcoming workout with the Utah Jazz but also decided to keep his name in the draft rather than return to college for another season.
An early rumor suggested that perhaps the Jazz had promised to select Huerter with the 21st pick, but the latest suggests that it was instead the Lakers who had told Huerter that he would not slip past them.
One potential complication is the news that Huerter will need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right hand, though that was known prior to the draft combine, and he still put on an impressive shooting display in front of Luke Walton anyway.
We won’t know for sure who the Lakers are taking until the draft on June 21, but expect the rumors to keep flying.