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NBA Draft: Lonzo Ball prefers Lakers, could work out exclusively for LA

Ball could make a power play to ensure passage to Los Angeles.

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The Los Angeles Lakers hit lottery luck for the third year in a row, landing the No. 2 pick in a huge victory for the franchise. The Lakers now have one month to decide on what they’ll do with another top prospect headed their way. Expect to see Lonzo Ball being projected to the Lakers in just about every mock draft over the next few weeks.

Ball has been making his case for the Lakers to draft him very publicly over the past several weeks, and he absolutely plans on working out for the Lakers, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

The rest of the lottery teams may have no such luck, however. Ball is considering working out exclusively for the Lakers.

The lottery point guard remains “undecided” on whether he’ll work out for the Boston Celtics, who hold the No. 1 pick, or other lottery teams, reports Shelburne. Her source adds that a decision on if he’ll hold other workouts will be made in June, and that Ball’s favored destination is the Lakers.

Here’s the tidbit of information that Shelburne had to share:

Lonzo Ball will work out for the Lakers. That's been clear from the start. But will he work out for the Celtics, who have the #1 pick? Or any other team in the lottery for that matter? Source close to the UCLA freshman says he's undecided. "We will make that decision closer to June," source says. Adding that it's been "clear from the start our desired destination is Los Angeles."

Ball is widely considered the second-best prospect in the draft, but the Lakers reportedly have interest in taking a close look at Josh Jackson, De’Aaron Fox and Markelle Fultz as well. Fultz will likely hold as the consensus No. 1 pick, and the fact that Lonzo may not even work out for Boston could secure his passage to Los Angeles even if the Celtics were interested.

Ball can afford putting all of his eggs into the Lakers basket, though. There’s simply no way he falls beyond No. 3 and the Philadelphia 76ers should both the Celtics and Lakers pass on him. Instead, he can focus his efforts on proving he’s the right fit for Los Angeles.

Add this as bullet point No. 58 on the list of things that prove Lonzo really really realllllly wants to wear the purple and gold armor. It’s going to be an interesting journey to the NBA Draft.