The Los Angeles Lakers front office will receive the most attention for whoever they decide to select with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. In a draft widely considered to have two players (LSU's Ben Simmons and Duke's Brandon Ingram) in a tier above the rest, the team's choice with their first rounder will likely be a cakewalk compared to the sheer volume of different players they will have to look at to prepare for undrafted free agency.
Whichever players the Lakers recruit for their summer league roster will likely never make as large of an impact as the player they take with their second and 32nd overall picks, but it doesn't mean Los Angeles is cutting corners with their preparation process.
The front office is leaving no stone unturned as it looks at prospects for possible undrafted free agency candidates, and they aren't done yet, with Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reporting the names of two more players the Lakers plan to bring in for predraft workouts (h/t Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors):
Rosco Allen will fly from Philadelphia to LA today to work out with the Lakers tomorrow.— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) June 2, 2016
Alex Poythress (Kentucky) said he will work out with Clippers and Lakers next following today's workout with Sixers. Has 8-9 remaining.— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) June 2, 2016
Allen, the 51st ranked junior in the draft according to Draft Express, is a small forward from Stanford who averaged 15.7 points per game on 41.8 percent shooting last season and is likely an undrafted free agency candidate that the team could extend a summer league invite to following the draft if he impresses in his workout.
Poythress, who Draft Express ranks 81st in the entire class of draft-eligible players, is a potentially more interesting name. The Kentucky forward was once considered a possible first round pick before tearing his ACL in 2014, and while the versatile defender's stock has obviously fallen mightily since then, there are very few players the Lakers could nab in undrafted free agency with his possible upside. This will be the Lakers second time looking at Poythress this week after watching him in his agency's pre-draft workout on Tuesday.
Orazio Cauchi of Sportnando also reports that the Lakers front office will work out Adam Pechacek of AZS Koszalin and Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia on Friday. The native of the Czech Republic is not ranked in the top 100 prospects on Draft Express, but the power forward could be another potential summer league invitee should he impress in his workout.
While it's almost always impossible to project undrafted free agency candidates onto a team's roster immediately, Pechacek would face more of an uphill climb than most as a power forward given the presence of Julius Randle and Larry Nance, Jr. already on the roster with the potential addition of Ben Simmons in the draft.
The Lakers will work out dozens, if not hundreds, of players similar to these three in the lead-up to the draft, but it's still worth keeping track of who exactly the front office is looking at as they cycle through their pre-draft process.
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