Josh Jackson reportedly canceled his workout with the Celtics

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

While conventional wisdom has pointed to the Los Angeles Lakers drafting local star Lonzo Ball, the franchise is exploring other options for the No. 2 pick.

That's fairly substantial news, especially after the Lakers brought in Jackson for a second look.

There was a report yesterday the Lakers have likely promised to draft Jackson, but that has been contradicted. While the feeling is that Ball is a good fit with the Lakers offensively, Fox and Jackson are gritty defenders and vocal leaders on the court, something the Lakers feel the team is lacking.

As Gambadoro reported, Jackson has not worked out for the Suns yet.

Most mock drafts have projected Jackson to Philadelphia as the third overall pick behind Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. The Lakers have always been rumored to be heavily interested in taking UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball second overall.

He relished competing against other players, including Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon, Iowa State guard Matt Thomas, Georgia State forward Jeremy Hollowell, Loyola guard Milton Doyle and Brazilian forward Wesley Alves Da Silva.

For better and for worse, the Lakers are mindful of not overreacting to individual workouts considering the various restrictions.

I'll tell you this, the Lakers were doing back-flips after Kobe's pre-draft workout. But the NBA's structure sets such organizations up with high lottery odds, enabling them to stockpile young, talented players.

"I felt like I shot the ball well", Fox said. If Ball is the Lakers' top choice at No. 2 overall, they aren't going to pass on him simply because he looked exhausted after running through drills. LaVar has not indicated that reports like this one concern him or his son, but it will be worth monitoring as we get closer to the draft. "I'm just wrapping it up right now. College is over. I just kind of put that behind me". On the offensive end, his game is still developing, but he boasts a decent jumper and can handle the ball better than most his size. "No matter who's in front of you - no matter if it's defense, offense, rebounding".

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