Lakers draft Moritz Wagner with No. 25 pick

26 June, 2018, 16:48 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Lakers add German big man Moritz Wagner to young core ahead of free-agent sweepstakes

Free agency is around the corner for the National Basketball Association, and rumors continue swirling over where LeBron James will play next season.

The Lakers took Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-8 sharpshooter out of Kansas, in the second round with the 47 overall pick. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds during his junior year at MI, shooting 52.8 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three-point range.

Lakers head coach Luke Walton agreed with Pelinka's assessment of Wagner and believes the MI product will fit in seamlessly with the young core.

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The Lakers don't want to get into any trouble during this year's free agency period.

Kuzma (last year's 27th pick) and Hart (last year's 30th pick) were selected by Pelinka and Johnson and had fantastic rookie campaigns for the Lakers after earning high-minute roles. "Dirk (Nowitzki) had a huge impact on that, just being a player that made it, a player that did incredible things in the league, and also being a player that was under the radar for a long time, and just this skinny kid from Germany, similar to me".

Harry Kane thrills with hat trick in rout of Panama
The next tiebreaker is fair play - i.e. the amount of yellow and red cards accumulated by a team throughout the group stage. Kane joins Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker as the only England players ever to score a World Cup hat-trick.

"They obviously are a flashy franchise, they like to play fast", Wagner said.

He was joined at the draft by his parents, several German friends and the MI coaching staff.

The 6-foot-11, 245-pound forward led MI in scoring during the NCAA tournament, which ended in a national championship game appearance.

Free agency may be where the Lakers are investing the most resources, but the Lakers still had draft picks, including the No. 25 pick they received in a trade with the Cavs. In his interview, All-Star player, who stated that his wife and children's situation would be very influential in the future, is also accustomed to living in this city with a host and family in Los Angeles other than Cleveland. Pacers president Kevin Pritchard said the team would keep Darren Collison. "We felt with the two players we selected tonight in the draft, we added shooting and guys who play the game the right way". Surprisingly, he was one of the best rookies this season. "We're just thrilled with the way the night ended for us".

With the No. 30 pick in the National Basketball Association draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Omari Spellman from Villanova University. Boston will potentially have four first-round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, which teams that are looking to make trades will certainly be interested in acquiring.

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