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May 22, 2015 Updates

In radio appearances Thursday, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak discussed the draft pick and what the Lakers might do with it, although he pointed out that it’s still early, that they’re still fielding calls from teams interested in the pick and that they still must work out and interview draft prospects in the coming weeks. “It looks as though we’ll use our pick this year,” Kupchak said during a radio appearance with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd. ESPN.com

Kupchak didn’t commit to the idea that the Lakers would be taking a center, but his comments certainly leaned that way. “Clearly, at the top of the draft at this time, there are two bigs, and we have the second pick,” Kupchak told Cowherd. Of course, which center the Lakers might select depends on who is available. At the moment, the Minnesota Timberwolves hold the first pick and it appears as though the Lakers will need only to choose whichever center the Timberwolves don’t take, meaning they’ll end up with either Towns or Okafor. ESPN.com

That said, he admitted the team has had recent success with draft picks. The Lakers have built a core of young talent, specifically with guard Jordan Clarkson, who was recently named to the All-Rookie first team, and forward Julius Randle, the team’s seventh overall pick out of Kentucky in the 2014 draft who broke his leg in the team’s first game last season. “If we do end up using this pick in the draft, and let’s just assume we get a big player – which if you look at our roster, you might say, well, that’s what they need -- then you can say, hey, they have three young players going forward that might be fun to build around,” Kupchak said during an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio with hosts Rick Fox and Jared Greenberg. ESPN.com

On Tuesday, May 26, the Pacers will be conducting pre-draft workouts with: Delon Wright, Utah Marcus Thornton, William & Mary Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame Jabril Trawick, Georgetown Greg Whittington, Georgetown Jonathan Holmes, Texas NBA.com

After requiring nearly two years to recover from a knee surgery that Danilo Gallinari believes was initially botched, the 26-year-old forward finally regained his form late last season and appears now to be a centerpiece in the Nuggets' rebuilding efforts, as is center Jusuf Nurkic, recently named one of the league's 10 best rookies. While Kroenke steadfastly refuses to offer specific names when talking about plans to aggressively retool the roster prior to opening night of the next NBA season, it's realistic to expect point guard Ty Lawson or forward Kenneth Faried or both to be part of trade discussions prior to the June 25 draft. Denver Post

Frank Kaminsky says he prefers Jahlil Okafor to Karl-Anthony Towns, the former Wisconsin forward told SI Now. Asked whom he would pick first in the draft, Kaminsky said it would depend on team need. But as for which player is more talented between Okafor and Towns, Kaminsky said: "I think Jahlil is a good player. Just the way he plays and how big he is and how strong he is. He's very advanced for his age. If I was going to build a franchise, my personal favorite is Jahlil, just because I know him more personally." Sports Illustrated

May 21, 2015 Updates

One of the most impressive performers at the Chicago pre-draft combine earlier this month was LSU’s Jordan Mickey, who will be among the players to work out for the Celtics. Mickey, a 6-foot-8 forward, had a chance to speak with the Celtics at pre-draft interviews in Chicago earlier this month. “It was a great conversation,” Mickey told CSNNE.com. “The guys that interviewed me, I felt like they enjoyed having me in there. I felt it was a good interview.” Prior to the combine, Mickey was considered a solid second-round pick after electing to leave LSU after his sophomore season. CSNNE.com

Eric Pincus: BDA Sports Day lineup: Jahlil Okafor (not expected to work out), Harrison twins, Frank Kaminsky, Kelly Oubre, Stanley Johnson, and more. Twitter @EricPincus

BDA Sports Day - Rookies: Andrew Harrison, Chasson Randle, Derrick Marks, Tyler Haws, Marko Mladjan, David Kravish, Joseph Young, Desi Washington, Aaron Harrison, Josh Richardson, Brandon Ashley, Vincent Hunter, Nnanna Egwu, Robert Upshaw, Kelly Oubre, Alex Zhigulin, Stanley Johnson, Frank Kaminsky. HoopsHype

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