Sixers trade the 39th pick to Lakers

Paul George could be crucial to the Lakers getting who they want this summer

GETTYPaul George could be crucial to the Lakers getting who they want this summer

Although Pelinka wasn't allowed to confirm it, the Lakers also are widely expected to get German teenager Isaac Bonga, the 39th overall pick by Philadelphia, when the trade can be announced next month.

"They obviously are a flashy franchise, they like to play fast", Wagner said. 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. "So I think it worked out pretty well, and I'm very excited to be in this position".

Sources said Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka spoke to a large group of team employees, warning them about tampering.

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The Lakers also have the Nos.

"He said, 'welcome to the Family.' That means a lot", Wagner said.

First, the Sixers have head coach Brett Brown, who has a history with Leonard. The former UCLA standout averages a career double-double and is a 37 percent 3-point shooter for his career. He joined Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to have 20 points and 15 rebounds in a national semifinal.

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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. "We're sticking to those core principles, which are guys that are high-IQ basketball players, that play the game the right way, that can shoot, that have length, that have versatility, that play with toughness".

"You know, Chris is going to return there. I am going to love it and leave it all out there [for the Lakers]".

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