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Lakers draft workouts lead top 5 stories of the week

The Lakers began their long workout process this week, while another rumor links Kevin Love to the Lakers. Again.

Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

1. The Los Angeles Lakers began what will be an exhaustive process of hosting incoming rookies. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak expects the front office will look at something near 80 prospects before the draft, which is a huge workload for any basketball operations team. The Lakers' first workout featured fringe second-round players, but their most-recent included first-round talent in Justin Anderson and Delon Wright. Anderson, particularly, has seen a boost to his draft stock over the last month or so.

2. Kupchak has been a soundboard since the Lakers won the No. 2 pick, and with media in attendance for the aforementioned workouts, he opened up about the value of picking second. It sounds like the front office will listen to trade proposals, but it'd take a huge offer for them to seriously consider trading out of the second overall selection of the NBA Draft.

3. Things haven't changed much on the free agency front. Another report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports points to Kevin Love weighing his options this summer, with the Lakers standing as one of the team's he'll "look" at. There's also a far-fetched Dwyane Wade whisper -- the veteran guard could opt-out of his contract this summer, and the Miami Heat are "far apart" from his side in negotiations -- but it's mostly smoke from the small fire burning in Miami.

4. Draft picks, free agecy, trade options and more. It's clear Kupchak will have his plate full of big decisions that will being shaping a new era of Lakers basketball. Choose wisely, Mitch!

5. Julius Randle's recovery efforts took a big step forward as the big man was cleared for full-contact 3-on-3 drills. Randle's spent time at the Lakers' practice facility as he prepares for Las Vegas Summer League and a reset to the start of his career, and he's looking very-much in shape. Here's one of the clips of him working out in El Segundo:

Bonus: Former Laker Andrew Goudelock has been doing well overseas and recently opened up about his time playing for the Euroleague, and his experience playing with Kobe Bryant. His story about Kobe buying the top floor of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and meeting his team on the rooftop with his private helicopter is exactly why the NBA is such a magical place.

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