Sixers trade 39th pick in National Basketball Association draft to Lakers

He was too unsafe to leave alone, shooting 39.4 percent on 3-pointers, averaging 1.6 triples per game and cementing himself as one of the top pick-and-pop weapons in all of college basketball.

The Lakers went all global with their draft this year.

Immediately after getting the message, the Lakers, the Rockets and Sixers signified their interest in landing the much-touted best player in the world in their roster. Youngmisuk didn't just insinuate that Wagner is the type of athletic big that the Lakers are looking for.

With outside shooting being a crucial part of the game in the modern NBA, Wagner seems to have stood out to Pelinka and company.

Thursday night's draft came a little more than a week before what could be the Lakers' most important free agency period since Shaquille O'Neal signed in 1996.

He led MI to the National Championship game and scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a Final Four win over Loyola.

The Lakers, in need of perimeter shooting, now have a fiery big who shot 39.4 percent from 3-point range over the past two seasons, draining 108 3s during that span. Wagner can play with his back to the basket and he is a decent passer. "I am going to love it and leave it all out there [for the Lakers]". I think where his family is going to be qualifies the teams. In fact, his time in the three-quarter court sprint ranked third among centers at the NBA Draft Combine and beat several guards and wings. The Lakers have positioned themselves to make a run at LeBron James and Paul George with the ability to create to max contract slots. James owns multiple homes in the area, and it has been rumored that LeBron James set to play high school basketball in Los Angeles.

After the Lakers brass was done making their picks, general manager Rob Pelinka spoke to the media at the practice facility in El Segundo and provided some insight on why they chose Wagner and Mykhailiuk.

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

  • Steve Townsend