Draft Rumors: Lakers, Okafor, Russell

The Lakers are leaning towards taking Jahlil Okafor with the No. 2 overall pick, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times (on Twitter).  However, Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com (on Twitter) hears that the Lakers are undecided with both Okafor and D’Angelo Russell in play.  Of course, the only word that counts will come from commissioner Adam Silver later tonight. Here’s the latest draft news..

  • Frank Kaminsky is moving up draft boards in the final hours, league sources tell David Aldridge of NBA.com (on Twitter).  He could very well go higher than No. 9, which is where the Hornets would like him.
  • Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was known to be very high on Willie Cauley-Stein but Sam Amick of USA Today Sports (on Twitter) isn’t hearing much of that today.
  • Several league sources tell Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders (on Twitter) that they expect Cauley-Stein to slip.   The big man didn’t shine in workouts or interviews and his ankle is a concern.
  • The Jazz are targeting Stanley Johnson and Justise Winslow at No. 12 and they’re willing to trade up if they feel it’s necessary, according to Spencer Checketts of 1280 The Zone (via Twitter links).  If those trade-up scenarios don’t pan out, Utah could instead move down.  If they do move down, Checketts lists the Celtics (No. 16), Bucks (17) and, Rockets (No. 18) as possible partners.
  • Marcin Gortat during a press conference in Poland said the Pistons asked him about prospect Mateusz Ponitka, according to Sportando (on Twitter). Ponitka worked out for Detroit earlier this week.   The shooting guard looks to be a second round (or, undrafted) prospect.
  • The Bucks like UNLV forward Christian Wood, but feel that he’ll be chosen later in the first round, Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times tweets.  Milwaukee owns the No. 17 pick in the first round and the No 46 pick in the second.
  • David Pick of Eurobasket.net (on Twitter) hears that projected second-round pick Shawn Dawson hopes to slide under the radar and go undrafted.  Dawson is currently ranked as the No. 66 prospect in the draft by DraftExpress.

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