"They love to play fast". Knocks on his defense and wingspan put him in the second round, but the Lakers were impressed by his skill in their private workout. Coach (Luke) Walton used to play as well, so he's a players' coach, and he wants his players to make plays, be confident.
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka isn't expecting any help landing marquee free agents from rival teams this summer-not with all that "natural envy" of the Purple and Gold clouding everything.
"The game, as you know, requires bigs that can spread the floor", Pelinka said.
"I'll personally feel a sense of urgency until we win a championship, I won't rest until then", Pelinka added. That could leave Wagner with a chance to play a key role in the rotation.
At this point, it remains uncertain what kind of role Wagner may play with the Lakers moving forward with so much that could change during National Basketball Association free agency next month.
With Julius Randle about to hit restricted free agency, the Lakers' selection of Wagner gives them some depth inside. He joined Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to have 20 points and 15 rebounds in a national semifinal.
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Fresh off a season that saw his Lakers shoot the league's second-worst 3-point percentage, the President of Basketball Operations set his focus on bolstering the team's perimeter attack. "What we noticed in all the games we went to in person was that (Wagner) is a tremendous passer, great screener in pick-and-roll situations". "And we won't rest until we get it right and I think that's just how Magic and I are built, the rest of our staff, to work until we just get it done".
With six picks going into draft day, two in the first round and four in the second, the team was always going to try to unload at least a couple of their second rounders for cash and future assets. like they did last season when they sold the 39th and 46th overall picks to the LA Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks respectively, it just appears as though the team has started the process a day early.
The Lakers traded away their own first-round pick in this draft, the 12th overall, in their deal with Phoenix six years ago to acquire Steve Nash in their disastrous attempt to build a superteam. Philadelphia selected Mikal Bridges, from Villanova, but traded him to the Phoenix Suns.
The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.