NBA Draft 2017: With Paul George in sight, what are Lakers' options with No. 2 pick? – CBSSports.com

Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are on the clock. As the Los Angeles Lakers‘ new president and general manager, respectively, they are responsible for defining the next era of Lakers basketball, which could be led by Paul George and whoever they select with the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. As well as determining whether they should pounce on their opportunity to take George from the Indiana Pacers or wait him out, they need to figure out what to do with that pick. As obvious a choice as Lonzo Ball might seem, Los Angeles has reportedly not promised him anything yet. Here’s a look at their options:

Option 1: Draft Ball, figure everything else out later

Based on recent reports, this is the most likely scenario. The Lakers are reportedly playing hardball with the Pacers, maintaining they do not intend to give up any of their young players in a potential deal. If they’re betting on signing him in free agency next year, then perhaps they can just play out the 2017-18 season with a bunch of young guys and give Ball and D’Angelo Russell a chance to play together.

This would be the ideal scenario. Also, this could work. Despite his last name, the UCLA product does not need the ball in his hands all the time, nor is he a traditional pick-and-roll point guard. His passing ability could actually make Russell better, and both are big enough to be interchangeable defensively, at least theoretically. (They both have a long way to go on that end.) 

Even if the Lakers are in love with Ball — and he’s an easy prospect to fall in love with; you can sign me up for anybody who has been compared to Jason Kidd and “Shaun Livingston with a jumper” —

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