Lakers Draft Moe Wagner in the First Round

LeBron James and Chris Paul

Lakers add German big man Moritz Wagner to young core ahead of free-agent sweepstakes

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 also have the pieces to make a big trade with young potential stars like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma on the roster. Sources said Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka spoke to a large group of team employees, warning them about tampering.

The draft is only a few minutes from getting underway and there could be a little more clarity once it's over. National Basketball Association rules prohibit teams from negotiating with free agents until midnight on July 1.

Smith of 'ESPN, ' Paul George is unlikely to sign with the Lakers if the Thunder offer him a maximum contract in free agency. UFA stands for Unrestricted Free Agent, and RFA means Restricted Free Agent.

ESPN reported the Lakers are also in play for Kawhi Leonard, who is still under contract with the Spurs. Among those, Walker has played at least 17 more games than any of them.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Eastern Conference handles the ball against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs and the Western Conference in the second half during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. Either James would have to sign for a little less money, or the second free agent would have to sign at a discount. After tabbing the German Wagner, the Lakers used the 39th pick (acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for their 2019 second-round pick via the Chicago Bulls and cash) on another German, 6-9 forward Isaac Bonga.

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The Celtics don't have to make any big moves this season.

Mykhailiuk was an outstanding outside shooter for the Jayhawks' Final Four team, scoring 14.6 points per game while hitting 115 total 3-pointers.

He was too risky 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.

Michigan's Moritz Wagner, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 25th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers during the first round of the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018.

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