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Report: Lakers Now More Likely to Draft D’Angelo Russell Than Jahlil Okafor

Jahlil Okafor got passed by Karl-Anthony Towns as the consensus for the top pick, but going #2 wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize, especially since that meant going to Los Angeles instead of Minnesota.

In the final hours before the draft, even that appears to be in doubt now:

Ding writes that Russell fits the profile of a “leader, a winner and a Laker.” He also adds that Russell’s shooting ability impressed the team while Okafor’s second workout left something to be desired.

Another “source” has chimed in on the Lakers too:

For those unaware, Cousin Sal and Joe House are friends of former Grantland boss Bill Simmons, who does have sources in the Los Angeles area where he’s based.

Ding is a Lakers insider, but the report still smells fishy, especially amid reports that the Sixers love Russell and might even be willing to exchange a spare asset to move up and secure him. The praise for Russell is so effusive, most notably that the Stephen Curry comparisons are legit, that it feels like a bluff. Sure enough, this came across the wire later:

On the DeMarcus Cousins front, Chard Ford asserts in his chat that if Cousins did go the Lakers, the #2 pick could go to Orlando with Nikola Vucevic being the big piece going back to Sacramento.

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