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According to Sports Illustrated‘s Jeremy Woo, there is a “growing belief around the league” that the Lakers made a promise to Huerter and can choose him if he is nonetheless on the board at No. 25 general.
As at all times, it is vital to take draft guarantees with a grain of salt—particularly as a result of the Lakers have been linked to a handful of first-round prospects.
The New York Times‘ Adam Zagoria beforehand reported the Lakers have been “seriously considering” choosing Mitchell Robinson, whereas The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor appeared on The Ringer NBA Show (h/t NBC Sports’ Kurt Helin) on Wednesday and indicated the Purple and Gold have been concerned about transferring as much as nab Zhaire Smith.
“I’ve heard that the Lakers are either looking to add a pick in the middle of the first round or trade up from the 25th pick into the middle of the first round to draft the player that they’re targeting,” O’Connor mentioned. “Zhaire Smith is the name that I’ve heard that they’re very high on.”
Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman projected USC combo-guard De’Anthony Melton to the Lakers in his newest mock draft, with Smith and Huerter coming off the board at No. 15 and No. 20 general, respectively.