Lonzo Ball's draft stock stays strong with Lakers watching

The wait is almost over.

Things are looking good on the horizon for the Los Angeles Lakers after news broke yesterday that Paul George intends to leave the Pacers after this season and would like to join the Lakers.

The Lakers need to ensure that they remain an attractive destination for George next summer, or to make a move to get him this season. Already, the Pacers have talked to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which sounds intriguing for neutral NBA fans already eyeing the 2018 NBA Finals, but one imagines that the Pacers will benefit more from trading George to a team with younger assets on the roster. His father's controversial has potentially impacted Lonzo's draft stock, causing many to speculate whether National Basketball Association teams are willing to take the two as a package deal. Still, there are plenty of rumors swirling about other possible trades that may happen over the course of the next few days.

Detroit wants to trade the pick for a veteran player to help them win now.

The Los Angeles Lakers have two first-round picks in this year's draft and apparently are in the market for another. The same report stated that the team expects to hold onto its no. 2 pick.

UCLA Bruins star Lonzo Ball seems destined for Los Angeles with the second overall pick, but the Lakers have also worked out the likes of Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox and Kansas forward Josh Jackson. Seemingly, the choice comes down to whether the Lakers prefer Ball as a play-maker for the future or Jackson as an athletic wing player that can play defense and hopefully develop his shot. Sources in L.A. say that the Lakers have been moving closer and closer to selecting Ball in the past 48 hours.

The Los Angeles Lakers are now, for all intents and purposes, in the driver's seat for the 2017 NBA Draft.