While the Los Angeles Lakers have a 21.5 percent chance of jumping into the top three of June 26th’s draft thanks to the lottery next week, there’s a much greater chance (74.4 percent) that they stay in the sixth slot or drop down to seventh.
However, it isn’t necessarily the end of the world if this happens, and even if they’re at six or seven, some top tier talent could still be available when the Lakers are on the clock.
We already know about Dante Exum’s story and how his agent Rob Pelinka is reportedly planning to limit his workouts in order to try and land his client in L.A. next month, though there’s another possible top three pick who could also fall down the board: Joel Embiid.
According to Gery Woelfel from the Racine Journal Times, two officials he’s talked to from lottery teams have told him they won’t be selecting Embiid on draft night unless their own doctors are able to examine his problematic back.
While Embiid claims his back is now 100 percent, it did keep him out of action during the NCAA tournament and naturally will be a worry to NBA teams who may be thinking about selecting the seven footer.
Therefore, there’s a chance Embiid could try to force his way to the purple and gold if he so wishes: By only letting the Lake Show’s doctors check him over, the Kansas product could possibly find himself falling into the Lakers’ lap on draft night.
Embiid definitely has an affinity for Los Angeles, too, and even tweeted about his love for the city last month.
Along with Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins and Duke’s Jabari Parker, Embiid decided to not attend this week’s Draft Combine in Chicago, an event that typically allows NBA teams to see prospects in action while also giving them the opportunity to carry out interviews and perform physicals.