Lakers News: Latest Buzz on No. 2 Pick, Free-Agent Targets and More

Of the rebuilding former juggernauts that are expected to make major splashes this summer, the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers to the punch. 

The Knicks struck a deal with the Chicago Bulls to acquire point guard Derrick Rose, according to Knicks public relations on Twitter. This isn't to suggest the Lakers had an interest in Rose, but those who were hoping the Lakers would make a big splash will have to wait.

But not for long.

Los Angeles owns the No. 2 pick heading into Thursday's draft, and the rumor market has plenty to say about the process. Let's review the notable rumblings while the excruciating wait for the draft continues.


Lakers Tag Brandon Ingram at No. 2?

This shouldn't come as much of a shocker, but the Lakers plan on taking Duke's Brandon Ingram at No. 2. 

Granted, this would be LSU's Ben Simmons in an alternate timeline, but this one features's Brian Windhorst confirming a report that the Philadelphia 76ers, owners of the first pick, will grab the LSU product.'s Chad Ford, alongside Ramona Shelburne, shared the rumor:

The Lakers win with either player, but Ingram should excite fans because of his pro-ready game. While he might be a tad light at 6'9" and 196 pounds, Ingram averaged 17.3 points and 6.8 boards last year while shooting 41 percent from deep and prompting some interesting comparisons in a scouting report at

Six-foot-10 small forwards with a 7-foot-3 wingspan don't come along very often. Ingram's shooting ability, defensive versatility and overall feel for the game could make him a future All-Star in the league. The Kevin Durant comps feel over the top. But a less athletic Paul George or a better-shooting Giannis Antetokounmpo are both real possibilities on the high end.

A Paul George lite to pair with Julius ...

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