June 24, 2017

NBA Draft Rumors: Phoenix Suns looking to trade up for Lonzo Ball

20 June 2017, 01:11 | Simon Arnold

Lakers have heard prospects want to play with Brandon Ingram

Lakers have heard prospects want to play with Brandon Ingram

The Suns now hold the fourth overall selection, but as noted in ESPN NBA insider Chad Ford's most recent mock draft, they would prefer not to stay there. In this situation, the Celtics may opt to use Thomas as trade bait in the summer rather than allow him to demand a max contract amounting to $30 million per year in 2018.

According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Suns want to jump a spot or two for a shot at UCLA guard Lonzo Ball.

Los Angeles now holds the second and 28th picks in this year's draft.

The Sixers ultimately were able to get the deal done with the Celtics, sending their No. 3 pick in the 2017 draft, as well as the 2018 Lakers pick with protections.

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"The two top guys still remain Fultz and Ball, very mature young players who are going to have an impact I think", said Fraschilla". Both teams focused on their star wing players. Majority are looking for players who will come in and start right away and see if they have someone they can build around. If the Celtics take Fultz, they will have four point guards in their roster - Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart, creating a logjam.

This, and probably more, will all unfold on draft night. "You're drafting, for the most part, teams are drafting on potential and for the future".

Who will the Lakers draft now?

The 76ers weren't the only team with their sights set on Markelle Fultz, the highly regarded option for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. They are also interested in trading down in the draft, and could be playing up their interest in Markkanen to try and find a suitor. With so many people looking up at the Warriors and Cavs, we can only hope to see some major player on the moves via trades that will give some teams a chance against the powerhouses.

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