National Basketball Association free agency rumors: Lakers warn entire staff not to tamper

'He literally lights up a room': Lakers thrilled to draft Michigan's Wagner

Newman will join Kansas teammate Svi Mykhailiuk with the Lakers, selected 47th overall in Thursday's draft.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - As the Los Angeles Lakers prepare for a potentially NBA-altering free agency, general manager Rob Pelinka fully understands that opposing teams will not be eager to help the Lakers build a potential super team. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds during his junior year at MI, shooting 52.8 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three-point range.

Wagner worked out twice for the Lakers and general manager Rob Pelinka, a fellow MI man.

Wagner was a bit of an unknown coming from Germany, though, so the fact that he only stayed three years isn't necessarily a surprise. The Cavs will be among the favorites to reach the NBA Finals if the league's best player chose to stay put for another season. "They love to play fast".

If George indeed decides to pass up the Lakers when they have the ability create two max slots, that would definitely make LeBron's next move more complicated.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers are expected to pursue George in free agency. "There's a lot that he brings to the table that we can use". We don't compete to play games. Wagner brought a huge amount of energy to every MI game, and I think he will bring even more energy to his National Basketball Association games.

Pelinka, team president Magic Johnson, and head coach Luke Walton, all of whom assumed their current roles with the franchise within the past two years, have a vision for the franchise.

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"I remember getting up at 3 a.m., watching the games", Wagner said.

That would indicate that players also think he may be sticking with the Thunder. "That dream is very, very far away when you're over there, so it's exciting to be here".

Wagner is already familiar with Staples Center after leading MI to two victories in the arena during the West Regional last March.

The 6-foot-11, 245-pound forward led MI in scoring during the NCAA tournament, which ended in a national championship game appearance.

With only three-four potential openings on their roster going into 2018, free agency notwithstanding, the 76ers simply can't keep five, let alone six players moving forward, and while they could obviously draft a foreign player and stash them overseas, like they did past year when they traded up to select Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks 25th overall, those prospects seldom turn into starters, let alone solid role players.

The team will have to trade picks and/or stash some drafted players overseas from this draft. Knocks on his defense and wingspan put him in the second round, but the Lakers were impressed by his skill in their private workout.

"The game, as you know, requires bigs that can spread the floor", Pelinka said. For us we are sticking to those core principles, which are guys that are high IQ basketball player that play the game the right way and can shoot and have length and have versatility and play with toughness. "He's a 20-year-old player that really was one of the best knockdown shooters we had in our building during the draft process", Pelinka said. Here are the 2018 NBA Draft grades for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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