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Lakers land German big man Moritz Wagner with 1st-round pick

23 June 2018

After not being selected in the 2018 NBA Draft, former Kansas guard Malik Newman has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Yahoo Sports. With five picks left to play with and a stockpile of present and future assets, expect plenty of movement from Brett Brown's squad on draft night. His play subsequently earned him the distinction of Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four.

The Lakers don't want to get into any trouble during this year's free agency period.

The weight is definitely impressive considering how skinny Wagner looks, which makes me think that he's got some solid muscle.

He'll have to put in the work to do it and it may be a little bit harder since the team has not invested as much money or commitment in him as they do the draftees. "What we noticed in all the games we went to in person was that (Wagner) is a tremendous passer, great screener in pick-and-roll situations".

More so than any single basketball skill, the Lakers fell in love with Wagner's personality during pre-draft interviews and workouts.

The Lakers will get the No. 39 overall pick in this year's draft, and send their 2019 second-round pick and cash to the Sixers.

Neither Theo Pinson, nor Joel Berry II - the team's two draft eligible players - heard their names called during Thursday night's draft, but that doesn't mean it's the end of the road for either.

The Lakers' own pick, No. 10 overall, belonged to Philadelphia as part of the Steve Nash trade in 2012. They traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.to the Cleveland Cavaliers midseason, recouping a first round pick they lost in the 2012 Steve Nash sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns. Here are the 2018 NBA Draft grades for the Los Angeles Lakers. But before the Lakers find out whether Paul George, LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard will land in Hollywood, they added Wagner to their foundation of young talent including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.

Lakers land German big man Moritz Wagner with 1st-round pick