Los Angeles Lakers are overwhelming favorites for LeBron James

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Los Angeles Lakers are overwhelming favorites for LeBron James

Second-round picks differ from first-round selections in that they don't count against the salary cap. JT thinks that if the Warriors take down LeBron as a Laker it will be huge for the team and will take the fandom to a level that the championships couldn't do.

There are questions concerning his defense, but that is an area that has continued to improve while showing the mobility to guard both frontcourt positions if needed.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - The Los Angeles Lakers added some size, rebounding and shooting Thursday night by drafting MI big man Moritz Wagner with the 25th pick of the first round.

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka isn't expecting any help landing marquee free agents from rival teams this summer-not with all that "natural envy" of the Purple and Gold clouding everything.

The Lakers probably didn't find a potential All-Star in the group but there are reasons to be optimistic about the new additions, who are considered among the smartest group of players in the class. He led MI with 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season, demonstrating versatility and a steady outside shot to go with his big-game clutch performances in the tournament.

The Lakers traded for the No. 39 pick and ended up taking a raw player with no college basketball experience. "As far as the passion he plays with, his unselfish nature, the way that he spreads the floor, all these things that we've seen on film and that we saw live a couple of times when he worked out for us, we're excited".

Pelinka described Wagner as a "high I.Q. basketball player" who plays "the right way and can shoot and have length and have versatility and play with toughness".

Pelinka did not want to address the talks, saying he wanted to respect other teams with which he has discussions.

He's not a free agent and therefore not as attainable as George, but Kawhi Leonard has reportedly made his intentions clear to the San Antonio Spurs that he wants to be traded to the Lakers. "I am just going to give it all, my 100 percent every day".

Even after the trade with the Lakers, the Sixers still have two first round selections with the 10th and 26th picks, along with three second round selections with the 38th, 56th and 60th picks.

The Lakers went all global with their draft this year.

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