Duke center Jahlil Okafor will take part in a second workout for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball operations department on Friday afternoon as the team continues the pre-draft process ahead of the 2015 NBA Draft on June 25th. Okafor's first workout was a solo one, but the Lakers are expected to bring in Gabriel Olaseni, a 6'10" senior out of Iowa, to compete against Okafor this time, according to the L.A. Times Eric Pincus.
Okafor has been widely reported to be the player the Lakers are most likely to select with the second overall pick, but the team will also work out D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State one more time before the draft after already holding private workouts with Emmanuel Mudiay and Kristaps Porzingis earlier this week. Karl-Anthony Towns is still likely to be the first overall pick, but the Minnesota Timberwolves front office is still deliberating, with President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders reportedly "an Okafor guy". The Lakers are reportedly pessimistic of their chances to get Towns in for a workout before the draft.
Neither Okafor nor Russell blew the Lakers away in their first workouts, so it will be interesting to here what effect, if any, their second go rounds have on Mitch Kupchak and company's thinking. Kupchak told Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated on Tuesday that the Lakers would listen to trade offers for the second overall pick, but that the return for moving the selection would have to be "very substantial."
The Lakers also worked out candidates for their 27th and 34th overall picks Friday morning, including Kentucky's Andrew Harrison and Louisville's Terry Rozier, and have worked out 78 players so far as they prepare for the draft next week. For photos of the morning workouts, check out this slideshow from Lakers.com.