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Lakers draft news: team will work out Jaylen Brown, Skal Labissiere on Friday

Could the team really take either of them?

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers will work out University of Calfornia at Berkeley forward Jaylen Brown and Kentucky forward Skal Labissiere on Friday, the team announced on their Twitter account on Thursday.

Two weeks ago it was reported that Brown might work out for Los Angeles on May 28th, but it seems that either the team is bringing him in again or that session was pushed back. Labissiere was rumored to have a Lakers workout coming soon as of earlier this week, and we now know the specific date it will take place.

Neither player seems to be a particularly likely draft option for Los Angeles. Brown (Draft Express' fifth-ranked prospect) and Labissiere (ninth) both are of a significantly lower pedigree than Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram, the latter of whom worked out for the Lakers on Thursday.

Brown's issue is that he's a wing player that can't shoot (shot 29.4 percent on three-pointers last season) while Labissiere didn't much of anything well at Kentucky other than block shots, looking every bit the overmatched 19-year old he was. Both have room for improvement and are far from finished products, but it doesn't mean the Lakers should be the ones to gamble on them.

Brown and Labissiere would also seem to be highly unlikely to fall to the Lakers with the 32nd overall pick barring something catastrophic happening, meaning the chances of seeing them in purple and gold next season are slim-to-none.

The Lakers have to look at all of their options in the draft, but that is likely all this workout is. Any rumors to the contrary should be taken with a gigantic grain of salt.

All stats per Draft Express. You can follow this author on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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