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May 21, 2015 Updates

Kupchak went on Fox Sports Radio with host Bill Reiter (audio here) and addressed the rumors: I saw something about that this morning, and my first thought was, ‘Let me call [Lakers coach] Byron [Scott] and let him know that the agents are doing their job, and pay no attention.’ Not that I think Byron reads any of that stuff, but someone may call him and say ‘Hey, guess what I just read?’ Nothing to it. We’re incredibly happy with Byron. That’s what representatives and agents do. They try to create a marketplace for their guy, and I’m not saying that’s exactly what happened here, but we’re very, very happy with Byron, and after I hang up with you I’m going to call him or text him. NBCSports.com

The Lakers will look at dynamic Ohio State point guard D'Angelo Russell but preliminary indications are they want to go big, The Times has learned. In fact, General Manager Mitch Kupchak is fond of saying that a good big man is often more valuable than a good little man. The similarities between Okafor and Towns end after their height and age — they're each 6 feet 11 and the 19-year-olds declared for the June 25 NBA draft after their freshman seasons. Los Angeles Times

May 20, 2015 Updates

With the Lakers winning the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Jordan Hill's time with the team could be nearing an end. The team has an option on Hill's contract next year with the decision due before July. The Lakers can either pay him $9 million for the 2015-16 season, or render him an unrestricted free agent. The top two prospects in the draft, Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns, both play the same position as Hill. Los Angeles Times

Though they didn’t quite win the lottery on Tuesday, the Lakers were the big victor once the ping-pong balls were processed. Not only did the Lakers avoid the disaster that would have followed if they’d fallen to No. 6, but by landing at No. 2, Los Angeles also is that much more attractive as a potential free-agent destination this summer. That’s according to player representatives who will have major free agents on the market this summer. Sporting News

The Los Angeles Lakers announced their 2015 preseason schedule on Friday, and it includes two exhibition games against the Jazz in Hawaii. Aloha and mahalo, schedule maker. Utah and L.A., who usually play each other in Southern California each preseason, will play Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 in Honolulu. Deseret News

The Los Angeles Lakers pick second, the Philadelphia 76ers third, the New York Knicks fourth and the Orlando Magic fifth. "More excited than anything," Lakers coach and former Lakers guard Byron Scott said. "This is the first time I've done this. I was excited to do this because of our organization. You guys know how much pride I have in the organization, so this was a big deal to me. To be able to come here and secure the second pick, I guess I can go back home and say, 'I'm sorry I didn't get the first pick for you guys, but No. 2 ain't bad.' " USA Today Sports

Johnson argued the Lakers should select either Kansas’ Karl Anthony-Towns or Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. But Scott maintained “we’ll take the best player available.” Other candidates include point guard (Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, China’s Emmanuel Mudiay) or small forward (Duke’s Justise Winslow, Arizona’s Stanley Johnson). “With our roster,” Scott said, “we need help in a lot of different areas.” Los Angeles Daily News

Instead, they'll draft second, behind the Minnesota Timberwolves after jumping in the draft lottery on Tuesday. "We played like crap all season so it's only right we get the #2 pick HA #lakerluck #goodday," tweeted Kobe Bryant. The top prospects in the draft are probably Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns. The Lakers are absolved from choosing between the two, assuming the Wolves don't go in a different direction, perhaps Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell. Los Angeles Times

May 19, 2015 Updates
 

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