As the Lakers continue to search for players to select in the 2017 NBA Draft, the team’s front office met with Josh Hart of Villanova, according to Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly (h/t Lakers Outsiders).
Hart, a 6’6 shooting guard who averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 40.4 percent on 3-pointers during his senior season, is the 44th ranked prospect in the draft according to Draft Express.
The 22-year-old could be on Los Angeles’ radar with their second-round pick (which they would only keep if they lost their top-three protected first-round pick, otherwise it will be conveyed to the Orlando Magic), or for if they bought a pick (like they did when taking Jordan Clarkson 46th overall), or if Hart falls out of the draft entirely.
According to Camerato, the Lakers weren’t the only team to show interest, as he has also reportedly met with the Miami HEAT, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers.
The Lakers already have Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell in their backcourt, but Hart could offer the type of floor spacing that makes him attractive as the Lakers look to add some shooting to their 3-pointer starved lineups from last season.
Once the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday and the Lakers front office finds out whether they’ll be keeping their first or second-round pick, they’ll likely have a better idea of whether or not Hart is a realistic option, but the team is certainly doing their due diligence on all of their options.
Here is an updating list of every player the Lakers have worked out or met with. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.