Rumor Central: Markelle Fultz hires agent ahead of Lakers workout

While most National Basketball Association mock drafts project Smith become a top-10 pick, Lydon marked the only other player to be drafted on June 22.

The signs keep pointing to the Lakers passing on Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the draft. Assuming a second (or third) defender would have to help defend Wall, Booker's outside shooting and Davis' elite athleticism makes defending this 3-on-3 team an even more challenging task. I think back about 15 years ago when Jason Kidd got Kenyon Martin a max contract with the Denver Nuggets and then he got Richard Jefferson a six-year, $76 million contract with the New Jersey Nets. In fact, the Lakers might have given Jackson a promise they'll draft him. The Lakers are owners of the second overall pick and will have a chance to add a real difference maker to their roster.

Meanwhile, during an appearance on CSN's "CelticsTalk" podcast, Ball's father, LaVar, talked about why his son turned down a workout with the Boston Celtics, the team with the first overall pick in this year's draft. Among them are De'Aaron Fox, Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, and Dennis Smith Jr. "He would be a better fit with the Lakers instead of Boston because (the Celtics are) already established and on their way up".

According to Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, who cited sources, Ball "didn't blow the Lakers away or seal any deal in the time he spent with their officials".

Jackson told reporters that there wasn't much of a difference between Tuesday's workout and his previous one, other than he was in a bit better shape.

In the latest DraftExpress projections, Smith is headed to Sacramento, with the No. 10 pick.

How do D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and every other Laker feel about it being Lonzo's team? So, it would make sense for the Lakers to scoop him up.

Let's start with the most relevant segment from Monday night's appearance - Lonzo talking about becoming a Laker. It sounds so simple, but I went home and I thought about that a lot.

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