"We feel he's going to be a special, special player". He joined Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to have 20 points and 15 rebounds in a national semifinal. Wagner can play with his back to the basket and he is a decent passer.
However, Beilein has taken several athletes who were much less heralded than Wagner out of high school and has molded them into professionals as well.
"They were both texting me after we picked him, saying, 'Man, that's another good culture piece for us'". The Cavs will be among the favorites to reach the NBA Finals if the league's best player made a decision to stay put for another season.
I could see him moreso playing for the Clippers than I would the Lakers.
The Lakers chose Wagner with the 25th pick in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday night, adding the versatile center as the next piece in their talented young core. They also have their own restricted free agent, Julius Randle, to worry about after determining whether they can land their star targets. "I am just going to give it all, my 100 percent every day". "He went through it this year a little bit with some of our young guys, especially in the playoffs".
This was the first time in five years that the Lakers were not drafting in the lottery.
The Lakers were able to make a trade before the draft with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 39th overall pick in exchange for the Lakers' 2019 second-round pick via the Chicago Bulls and cash, according to Wojnarowski.
The 76ers unloaded one of their second-round picks before Thursday's National Basketball Association draft.
Spellman was the third Villanova player selected in the first round of this year's draft behind Mikal Bridges (No. 10 overall) and Donte DiVincenzo (No. 17 overall). LeBron James, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, and potentially Kawhi Leonard are up for grabs with the team having the cap space and trade assets to make some substantial moves.
Nine-time All-Star Chris Paul is certain that LeBron James will be donning a Los Angeles Lakers jersey in the upcoming season.
The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.