De'Aaron Fox Wanted to "Shut LaVar Ball Up"

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Then the Lakers will probably take Lonzo Ball, though they have every reason to convince teams picking after them that they won't, in the hopes that one of those teams panics and trades up to get the guy they want.

Former UCLA star Lonzo Ball wrote a letter thanking his father LaVar Ball for The Players' Tribune. "There's nobody else that we need to workout for." last May 16, the 19-year old point guard is considering other teams in the lottery.

While it's virtually impossible to glean anything from Lonzo Ball's second workout with the Lakers Friday, there are certainly several reports that were very telling.

Fox, who is 6-foot-3 and 187 pounds, has been working on his shooting, something he knows the Lakers wanted to see. Ball is still thought of as the favorite, that may be changing soon. However, FOXSports.com reports that this leaked story could be a strategy for the Lakers to make sure that the Celtics will not consider Ball for the number 1 pick.

Earlier this week, the Lakers also brought in Kansas product Josh Jackson for another look. That could change, there's still time.




Jackson has been the center of draft buzz recently for the Lakers, primarily because of the 'split' between him and Ball in the teams' mind. Markelle Fultz has a high floor and high ceiling, and would be the ideal long-term point guard in Boston. The younger Ball, who exhibits a notably quieter demeanor, noted that the "difference" between them is that he does his talking "on the court". Fultz worked out for Los Angeles yesterday. However, the basketball gods were with the Los Angeles Lakers as they were able to secure the second overall pick with the Suns falling to the fourth. LA has been going out of their way to do their due diligence and give the illusion that they aren't set on drafting Ball, but I'm hearing they still plan to take him.

Kings interested in Luke Kennard?

Fox worked out for the Sacramento Kings and has more auditions scheduled.

"It's been a big year for my family, and I know we're just getting started", said the young point guard said in a press release for the commercial. So Kennard makes sense here.

Lonzo has preferred to let his game do his talking, and his spectacular freshman year at UCLA provided evidence that he's one of the best point guard prospects to come along in quite some time.

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