The Los Angeles Lakers miraculously landed # 4 in the 2019 NBA Draft, and though they're likely to end up trading – as General Manager Rob Pelinka himself has said – there's a Das Team has been extensively preparing for this opportunity in recent weeks by identifying and interviewing several candidates for this selection.
Also, the Lakers – who currently have no choice in the second round – seem to have carried out their due diligence on potential free agents for the Las Vegas Summer League or the South Bay Lakers. They did not reveal the names of these workouts themselves (which is normal), but according to Jesse Buss' Instagram stories and the few names that came out, they're snooping on players in those areas.
Here's a list of all the people we know they've looked at. We will update them as more players become known who have worked out, interviewed, scouted, or otherwise looked at the team:
- Jarrett Culver was working for the Lakers on Saturday, June 1
- Cam Reddish – just short of Culver in seventh place on the ESPN list – met with the Lakers to combine the 2019 NBA Draft. The Duke wing shot in its first season with the Blue Devils 35.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from the 3-point area (at 7.4 attempts per game).
- The Lakers met with Jontay Porter at the combine harvester. Porter – the 42nd prospective ESPN board member – was originally selected as a potential lottery in the 2018 NBA Draft, but returned to the school to supplement his stock. Instead, he tore his ACL twice and saw his planned design for positioning sank. If the Lakers targeted him, it seemed to be a win for him.
- The Lakers are due to deal with Tacko Case soon. The 7 & 6; center just completed its fourth and final season at UCF as the NCAA leader in field goals. It is expected to be eliminated from the draft and to be an option for a free, non-draft agency.
- Marques Bolden is also reported to be working for the Lakers in the near future. The Duke Center is not listed in the Top 100 of ESPN and therefore probably another name to look out for in a freelance agency if it impresses the trust of LA.
- Justin Wright Foreman is said to have worked for the Lakers. on Monday, June 3rd. According to ESPN, the Hofstra Guard is the 76th vantage point in class 2019.
- Darel Poirier is said to have worked for the Lakers on Friday, May 31. The G-League is expected to retire after the NBA draft for 2018 is not collected and is not listed on the ESPN list of Top 100 Design Prospectuses. So this is probably just another name that you should keep in mind for a non-recruited free agency.  Bookmark this list again and try again, as we will update it as soon as we receive updates on other names the team has been looking at iTunes Spotify  Stitcher or Google Podcasts . You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen .