The Los Angeles Lakers started their offseason early when they finished with the third-worst record in the NBA and missed the playoffs, so they aren’t taking extra days off. Even for a holiday.
Instead, the Lakers spent Memorial Day in their practice facility evaluating prospects for the 2017 NBA Draft. The Lakers have the second and 28th overall picks in the draft, and additionally have to plan for undrafted free agency, and thus they’ve brought in a wide-range of prospects so far.
Monday’s workout was no different, including a fan-favorite for the 28th pick (forward Jordan Bell of Oregon) and a few guys likely to go either in the second round or undrafted entirely (Dwayne Bacon of Florida State, Bryce Alford of UCLA, Amida Brimah of Connecticut, Kennedy Meeks of North Carolina and Derrick Walton Jr. of Michigan).
The Lakers’ excellent digital team posted photos of the event so fans could get a glimpse inside the team’s pre-draft process:
And finally, the UCLA guard everyone has been waiting for the Lakers to work out:
The Lakers will continue to hold workouts like these in the coming weeks as they head down the homestretch of their draft preparation process, with top players like De’Aaron Fox, Lonzo Ball and more coming through the Lakers’ gym soon. Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for updates.