Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Taking Down LeBron As A Laker Would Be Huge For The Warriors

Taking Down LeBron As A Laker Would Be Huge For The Warriors

The Los Angeles Lakers snagged Kansas guard Svi Mykhailiuk with the 47th pick in the NBA Draft. Still, he was not heavily recruited by American college programs until MI coach John Beilein saw his highlight reel, then flew out to Germany to meet him in person. After taking Randle with the seventh overall pick in 2014 and D'Angelo Russell (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016) and Lonzo Ball (2017) with the second overall picks in the past three drafts, the Lakers had to wait until near the end of the first round to pick this year. "But the Lakers got not only a shooter; I can do way more than just shoot". The Lakers - who struggled from 3-point range last season (29th out of 30 teams) - surely are enamored with the Ukrainian sharpshooter's blistering 44.4 percent clip from the arc during his senior season.

It's just the 39th pick in the draft, but acquiring the selection could help the Lakers should their plan to collect free-agents come to fruition. But executing the Lakers' longtime goal of becoming a title contender this summer still will be no easy task. That could leave Wagner with a chance to play a key role in the rotation.

"Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart were actually at Moe Wagner's workout the day he came in", Pelinka said, "and both of them were elbowing (Magic) and I, saying, 'Man, this guy would be fun to play with".

Another incredible aspect regarding all nine of these players is how quickly each of them developed under Beilein.


LeBron James is the ultimate target and a gettable one for the Lakers through free agency. He also broke a 27-year-old team record when he made 115 3-pointers his senior year. It also gives UM a player in the first round for the third straight year and in five out of the last six. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that no players were discussed and that there was no further dialogue between the two teams with talks not going far.

But Johnson and Pelinka acquired the 25th pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers during a February trade-deadline deal that sent Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to the Cavs for Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye.

With the 2018 NBA Draft in the books everyone has returned their attention back to LeBron James and where he will be playing next season.

The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.

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