Los Angeles Lakers select Moritz Wagner with No. 25 pick

Ruben Holloway
June 22, 2018

Los Angeles has received punishment twice in the past for tampering, but this year the Lakers want to make sure the rules are "crystal clear to everyone" to avoid punishment from the league. Although Pelinka wasn't allowed to confirm it, the Lakers also are widely expected to get German teenager Isaac Bonga, the 39th overall pick by Philadelphia, when the trade can be announced next month.

Neither Theo Pinson, nor Joel Berry II - the team's two draft eligible players - heard their names called during Thursday night's draft, but that doesn't mean it's the end of the road for either. "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". That deal won't be announced until later due to a moratorium.

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As a result, the Sixers will make the pick for the Lakers. They also have their own restricted free agent, Julius Randle, to worry about after determining whether they can land their star targets.

The first is that, is reports are correct, Leonard wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. But executing the Lakers' longtime goal of becoming a title contender this summer still will be no easy task.

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"I am a big Kobe fan", Wagner said when asked who he considers to be the greatest Laker in the storied franchise history. "If it doesn't, we love this young core that we're developing and we know 2019 could present some awesome opportunities as well. It's going to be a really cool journey".

"I had a feeling", he said. I just can't stop smiling.

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