LOS ANGELES-The consensus among many National Basketball Association executives is that the players who'll be taken with the top five picks in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft are a foregone conclusion. I have always said I don't care what we call him "point guard, ' 'point forward" - we can call him 'point center.' I don't care.
Ball has been very outspoken about his son leading up to the NBA Draft. Bender has shown glimpses of his potential but not much else as he averaged just 3.4 points in his rookie season. He's 6-4 with a 6-10 wing span.
One executive explained why Ball, Fultz, Fox, Jackson and Tatum are at the head of the 2017 draft class.
The talent and game changing players in the draft isn't the only thing to look out for.
Every camera at that draft will be on him and his family on Thursday night, regardless of the outcome of the Lakers pick.
The Lakers also appear to be sacrificing Russell to clear the salary cap space eaten up by the final three seasons of the four-year, $64 million contract given to Mozgov by the previous front office. Ball hosted a second workout for the Lakers on Friday - the only team he has worked out for or interviewed with.
Players working out for the Lakers get an experience they might only otherwise get with the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Bobcats or with the Indiana Pacers before Larry Bird stepped down as president last month. They just hope they don't miss out on a future All-Star or overvalue a player who never reaches his potential. There are scenarios, however, in which Ball may drop and potentially be available for the Suns to consider. "I'm not going to give up those efforts because we have moved up to No. 1".
Ball offers great handles, excellent passing and prodigious court vision.
Whether or not this comes to fruition remains to be seen, but it's certainly another surprising twist in an off-season already full of them for the Lakers. Some are more offense-oriented, others defense-oriented. Isaac should be able to play both forward spots on both ends.
Sixers coach Brett Brown has said he chose to try the 6-foot-10 Simmons as the point guard during the 2016-17 season in which Simmons sat out because of a fractured right foot.
Either way, the Sixers are still going to have three first round picks in the 2018 and 2019 drafts, barring another trade, which is a possibility.
The news, naturally, took Lakers fans by surprise.