The NBA Draft Combine is underway in Chicago, and while not every top prospect is participating in drills this week, they’re still talking to teams and carrying out interviews.
Mitch Kupchak and the Los Angeles Lakers are in attendance, and according to reports, the purple and gold have already interviewed (or have scheduled interviews with) Australia’s Dante Exum, Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and Duke’s Rodney Hood.
Teams are allowed to interview up to 18 players, according to Bill Oram from the O.C. Register.
However, Laker fans probably should read into these interviews too much: While in Chicago, lots of teams talk to different players and pick their brains. Most of the time, teams are simply doing their due diligence.
Also, it’s worth remembering that the projected top three picks in the draft – Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker – decided not to attend the Combine this week.
Things will likely change after May 20th, though, as then the Lakers will know where they’ll be picking on June 26th. Once the pick has been determined, the team will be able to bring in prospects for individual workouts.