Pacific Notes: Lakers, Mason, Clippers, Reed

A Lakers backcourt of D’Angelo Russell and Lonzo Ball might be potent offensively but a liability defensively, as Eric Pincus examines in a Bleacher Report piece. Russell could run pick-and-rolls, while Ball would excel in transition and ball movement, though neither tends to attack off the dribble, Pincus continues. The biggest concern would be on the defensive end because of quickness issues, which would require the Lakers to have a speedy, defensive-minded guard to rotate with both players, Pincus adds.

In other developments around the Pacific Division:
  • Kansas point guard Frank Mason III will work out for the Kings for a second time on Wednesday, according to the team’s website. Mason is considered a second-round prospect — he’s currently ranked No. 45 on Chad Ford’s Big Board. Sacramento, which has the No. 34 overall pick in the second round, will also bring in Kentucky point guard Isaiah Briscoe, UCLA shooting guard Isaac Hamilton, Florida shooting guard Canyon Barry, Indiana center Thomas Bryant and Miami forward Kamari Murphy.
  • The Clippers will bring in FIBA small forward Howard Sant-Roos for workouts later this week, international journalist David Pick tweets. The Cuban-born Sant-Roos, 26, has been playing for CEZ Nymburk in the Czech league, where he averaged 13.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 3.4 APG in 40 games this season.
  • Kansas State shooting guard Wesley Iwundu and Vanderbilt big man Luke Kornet headed the list of six draft hopeful that the Lakers brought in on Monday, the team’s website reported. Iwundu is ranked No. 53 overall by Draft Express, while Kornet comes in at No. 67. The Lakers do not have a second-round pick.
  • Miami shooting guard Davon Reed headlined a group of six players that the Clippers worked out on Monday, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders tweets. Reed is pegged as the No. 76 prospect by Draft Express. Murphy also participated in the workout.
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4 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Lakers, Mason, Clippers, Reed

  1. Warriors

    So tired of the ball talk. Let’s just see what he can do in college 1st since I haven’t seen pro status yet there.

  2. mnsports

    if the Lakers don’t take Lonzo, he’s going to slide down the draft board a little. he didn’t meet with many other teams, if any

    • Z-A

      Furthest he’d slide is 9 to Mavs. 5 Kings 6 Magic 8 Knicks 9 Mavs all need a pg. Then you have the possibility that the Lakers try to trade up with the 28th and a Clarkson.

    • frankgrimes

      I don’t think he slides further than 3. If the Lakers pass on him he fits nicely in Philly’s line up. His shot is ugly but it goes in and they need outside shooting. Having another playmaker makes sense too even with Simmons coming back.

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