Lonzo Ball is a pretty good NBA prospect but if you draft the UCLA point man, you have to pay a price. That’s what Philadelphia 76ers Jerry Colangelo thinks of drafting Ball, who is projected to be picked top three in the 2017 NBA Draft.
“I think Ball is a terrific prospect and could have an outstanding NBA future,” Colangelo told the Carlin and Reese radio show on 94 WIP. “I think it’s going to be challenging with the people around him, without being specific.
“And yet, I don’t think teams should bypass the player because they have those concerns. At the end of the day, what wins in this league is talent, and this is a very talented young man.”
Colangelo doesn’t need to be specific but everybody knows who he is talking about, Lonzo’s father LaVar.
The elder Ball has repeatedly expressed his desire for his son to be drafted by their hometown Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 pick.
Philadelphia has the No. 3 pick in the draft, which is June 22. Most expect Lonzo Ball to be off the board after the Boston Celtics and Lakers make their selections.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said Ball declined a workout for them, but the UCLA standout is expected to work out for the Lakers on Wednesday, a source told ESPN.