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NBA Draft Rumors: Lakers to meet with De'Aaron Fox

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Another player on the team's list of top prospects will sit down with the front office.

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The Los Angeles Lakers continued their pre-draft preparation process at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago Thursday when they met with De'Aaron Fox of Kentucky, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.

Fox, who averaged 16.7 points and 4.6 assists during his only season at Kentucky, is said to be one of four players the Lakers front office is highest on if they keep their top-three protected pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The team also reportedly is a fan of Markelle Fultz of Washington (who they met with Wednesday), as well as Lonzo Ball of UCLA and Josh Jackson of Kansas.

By taking all of these meetings, the Lakers appear to be doing the legwork necessary in order to be ready whether or not they keep their first-round pick, which they'll convey to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside the top-three selections in the draft.

The NBA Draft Lottery will take place Tuesday, after which point the Lakers' options will be much clearer.

Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.