Lakers News: Latest Buzz Surrounding 2016 NBA Draft Plans

Justin Neuman@@JustinNeuman10Contributor IIJune 9, 2016

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak attends an NCAA college basketball game between Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Los Angeles. Gonzaga won 72-55. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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The 2016 NBA draft is just a couple of weeks away on June 23, and the Los Angeles Lakers will find themselves on the clock quickly with the second overall pick.

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:

Brad Turner @BA_Turner

Lakers announce they are working out Brandon Ingram Thursday at their facility. Ingram is expected to go 2nd in draft to Lakers.

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:

Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

Lakers haven't scheduled a workout with Ben Simmons yet. Draft is 17 days away...

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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.


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