'He literally lights up a room': Lakers thrilled to draft Michigan's Wagner

'He literally lights up a room': Lakers thrilled to draft Michigan's Wagner

Consider this: the league's two best players (LeBron James and Kevin Durant) are eligible to hit free agency, and arguably the league's third-best player (Kawhi Leonard) has demanded a trade.

"He might be the best pick-and-pop player in this draft, which is something the Lakers could definitely use", Lakers.com reporter Joey Ramirez said.

The draft is only a few minutes from getting underway and there could be a little more clarity once it's over.

Wagner played in the youth system of German pro team ALBA Berlin before MI coach John Beilein traveled to Europe on a one-day recruiting trip and persuaded him to head for Ann Arbor.

Ultimately, that trade never happened as the San Antonio Spurs reportedly shut the door on any possible trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers have said that if they do not land the max free agents they desire this summer, they will turn to the 2019 free agency and try to maintain their cap flexibility.

"I haven't even gone through a season yet, and they've already proven everything on my check list (that) I can check off", George said then.

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The Pacers will decline Stephenson's $4.36 million team option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent.

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.

The Michigan product, though, likes how the current Lakers are trying to play as fast as the Showtime Lakers did. In his interview, All-Star player, who stated that his wife and children's situation would be very influential in the future, is also accustomed to living in this city with a host and family in Los Angeles other than Cleveland.

And don't expect this to be the last move Philly makes in relation to the draft.

A legit 6-foot-8, with good size and underrated athleticism, Mykhailiuk was one of the bright spots of the pre-draft combine scrimmages, scoring 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range during one game and continuing to shoot the ball throughout the week during drills and live action.

Wagner could also be a potential replacement for Kuzma, who could be part of a trade to get Leonard. After a day to digest the draft, here is everything we learned about the Lakers from the 2018 NBA Draft.

"He's always got this big smile on his face".

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