Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sixers trade No. 39 pick to Lakers for 2019 2nd-rounder, cash

Sixers trade No. 39 pick to Lakers for 2019 2nd-rounder, cash

Wojnarowski tweeted that the Sixers had traded the rights to the 39th pick of the draft to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Of the nine draft picks, three of them - Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway and Caris LeVert - were rated as three-stars out of high school, and all three were taken in the first round. "I think there's an incredible excitement to get to July 1 and to see what the options are".

He returned to North Carolina for his senior season and averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists, earning third team All-American honors.

The German big man will get his chance with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"They obviously are a flashy franchise, they like to play fast", Wagner said.

He'll have to put in the work to do it and it may be a little bit harder since the team has not invested as much money or commitment in him as they do the draftees. Wagner can play with his back to the basket and he is a decent passer.

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More so than any single basketball skill, the Lakers fell in love with Wagner's personality during pre-draft interviews and workouts.

Both are intelligent players who don't concede on the defensive side - even against the second pick of this year's draft. After taking Randle with the seventh overall pick in 2014 and D'Angelo Russell (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016) and Lonzo Ball (2017) with the second overall picks in the past three drafts, the Lakers had to wait until near the end of the first round to pick this year.

While Kobe was great, it is weird that the narrative would be about LeBron James playing in his shadow and now just around the idea of one of the greatest players of all-time joining the purple and gold.

The Lakers' own pick, No. 10 overall, belonged to Philadelphia as part of the Steve Nash trade in 2012. Los Angeles acquired the 25th pick from Cleveland last February in the trade involving Isaiah Thomas, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. The Lakers have positioned themselves to make a run at LeBron James and Paul George with the ability to create to max contract slots.

The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.

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