Lakers reportedly considering De’Aaron Fox for 2nd pick
The NCAA’s Sweet 16 will not be the last time UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball and Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox go head-to-head, as the Los Angeles Lakers have recently expressed interest in the latter and plan to entertain a workout between the two, per Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.
The Lakers made their infatuation with Ball and a potential Showtime renaissance known prior to the NBA Draft Lottery, perhaps showing their cards a little too early. That could cost them dearly if master poker player Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics ends up bluffing a fervent interest in Ball, forcing Magic Johnson and the front office to attempt to trade for him.
While others willingly participated in the NBA Draft Combine, Ball abstained; which raises the question if he (and his obnoxious father) would be willing to subject him to a head-to-head with Fox.
The last time the two freshmen went mano-a-mano, the Wildcat had a huge edge, dropping 39 points in 36 minutes to eliminate the Bruins and holding Ball to 10 points and four turnovers in a Kentucky 86-75 win en route to the Elite 8.
Fox also outplayed Ball during a regular season loss to UCLA, scoring 20 points and dropping nine dimes to Ball’s 14 points, seven assists, and six turnovers.
The Houston native has drawn comparisons to Brandon Knight due to his quickness, ability to handle the ball and his wingspan — but has been determined to be a more athletic prospect and a better defender, hounding the likes of Ball around the perimeter.