Should the Lakers stay put at No. 2, they will likely take either Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons depending on who the Philadelphia 76ers peg with the top overall pick.
As Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported, the Lakers will have Ingram in town for a workout this week:
But as we know, there are always surprises when it comes to the draft, and this year could be no different. The Sixers could decide they like Ingram better than Simmons and take the former Duke freshman first overall.
Would the Lakers then take Simmons?
Unless something changes between now and the draft, they may not. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times pointed out the Lakers have yet to meet with Simmons:
Despite holding the second pick, the Lakers are doing their homework on other prospects in the draft pool. As we pointed out earlier this week, L.A. worked out former Marquette forward Henry Ellenson, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders also reported that the Lakers will visit with a high-scoring guard out of Oklahoma—but it's not the one you may think:
It's highly unlikely the Lakers take Isaiah Cousins second overall. However, they also hold the 32nd pick in the draft, and if they like Cousins enough, they could pick him there.
No matter what, the Lakers are under pressure to get better in a hurry. It starts with the draft, so general manager Mitch Kupchak has to make sure he hits on both his picks.