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Lakers offseason news: team will work out James Webb III before the draft

The Boise State forward could be a second round or undrafted free agency option for Los Angeles.

Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in game seven of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night will send them to the NBA Finals, and additionally keep the Los Angeles Lakers new head coach Luke Walton away from the team a little longer while he finishes out the season in Oakland.

With the 2016 NBA Draft drawing closer by the day, the Lakers can't afford to wait for him before beginning their pre-draft workouts, which sound set to begin in earnest this week. According to Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia, one of the players the Lakers plan to bring in for these sessions is James Webb III (h/t Gary Kester of Lakers Outsiders).

The Boise State forward is currently ranked as the 75th best available prospect by Draft Express, meaning that he would most likely be a candidate for the Lakers' summer league team and/or a training camp invite as an undrafted free agent, rather than being selected with the Lakers' first (second overall) or second (32nd overall) round picks.

Webb averaged 16.1 points and nine rebounds while shooting 49.9 percent from the floor during his junior season, but the prototypical small forward didn't show off the kind of range necessary to space the floor from the wing at the NBA level. Webb shot 22.5 percent on 3.5 three-point attempts per game in his final year in Boise, a conversion rate he'll have to improve if he wants to stick on the next level.

The Lakers have to do their due diligence on hundreds of fringe prospects like Webb in order to find just one Jordan Clarkson, so while it's worth noting who the team is checking out, it's also far from a sure thing the team's relationship with him will extend beyond the single workout.

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