The 2016 NBA Draft is just over a week away, and the Los Angeles Lakers are gathering as much information as they can for all of the eligible prospects in this year’s draft class.
The Lakers have met with and worked out top prospects like Brandon Ingram, along with players that are projected to go undrafted on June 23, although anything can happen on draft night.
The latest name being reported in connection to the Lakers in terms of pre-draft workouts falls closer to the latter category. According to Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders, former Kansas Jayhawks big man Perry Ellis has worked out with the Lakers, among many others (h/t Silver Screen and Roll).
Kansas' Perry Ellis has worked out for the Bucks, Suns, Spurs, Hawks, Celtics, Raptors, Knicks, Pelicans and Lakers.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 15, 2016
Now, since this is a tweet and not an actual report that is bylined from a publication, perhaps we should take it with a grain of salt. Then again, it was not a response to a question, so maybe we are okay.
Anyways, it would be surprising to see the Lakers consider drafting Ellis at No. 32, seeing as he is projected far out of that range. Additionally, Ellis would have to be a power forward at the next level due to his size, and the Lakers already have Julius Randle and Larry Nance, Jr. at the position.
The Lakers are certainly completing their due diligence, searching far and wide in this year’s group of prospects. Who will they end up adding with their two draft picks? We are just over a week from finding out.