The Los Angeles Lakers are rumored to have already met with Markelle Fultz, with an interview to come soon at the NBA Draft Combine. Fultz, a pick and roll maestro, is the projected top pick in next month’s NBA Draft. Not only does Fultz have the ability to score from all three levels, but he would also come free of the headaches of a knockoff Kobe sneaker or an overbearing father.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) May 11, 2017
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) May 11, 2017
Keith Pompey, of the Philly Inquirer, said Fultz met with every top 8 lottery team besides Orlando and Minnesota (reported by Darren Wolfson), which would indicate a meeting with the Lakers.
Fultz is projected to be the first pick in the NBA Draft this June by a wide majority of people, so news of a meeting shouldn’t come as a shock, especially after word came out that he is one of the four prospects they are considering taking with the pick if they keep it. Even if they were set on one prospect besides Fultz, it would be a lack of due diligence not to meet with him and later work him out. This would be just like last year when the Lakers worked out Jaylen Brown and Buddy Hield among others, despite being set on Brandon Ingram.
I personally think Fultz is the best player in the draft by far. So I hope the meeting went well, the Lakers keep the pick, and end up with the Washington star. He could be the franchise player the Lakers sorely lack.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Fultz is going to interview with the Lakers while in Chicago. This may or may not be the second meeting for the Lakers and Fultz. Regardless, confirmations on meetings were to be expected.
Markelle Fultz expected to interview with several teams here in Chicago -Boston, Phoenix, Lakers, Philly, Sacramento & NY, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 10, 2017