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Lakers add German big man Moritz Wagner to young core ahead of free-agent sweepstakes

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

Kuzma (last year's 27th pick) and Hart (last year's 30th pick) were selected by Pelinka and Johnson and had fantastic rookie campaigns for the Lakers after earning high-minute roles. We feel like he's going to be able to come in right away and help our team.

The Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker has quietly evolved into one of the league's best point guards. "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". The Cavs will be among the favorites to reach the NBA Finals if the league's best player made a decision to stay put for another season.

The Lakers have also seemed to have taken a liking to Wagner, who the team has worked out this offseason. And Luke felt that when we had him in our building that he had off-the-charts basketball IQ. It's just the way I'm built. But executing the Lakers' longtime goal of becoming a title contender this summer still will be no easy task.

This was the first time in five years that the Lakers were not drafting in the lottery.

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Free agency may be where the Lakers are investing the most resources, but the Lakers still had draft picks, including the No. 25 pick they received in a trade with the Cavs.

He was seated in the stands at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with his agent, coach from Ukraine, parents and girlfriend, when former Kansas guard Svi Mykhailiuk heard his name called in this year's NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Spellman was the third Villanova player selected in the first round of this year's draft behind Mikal Bridges (No. 10 overall) and Donte DiVincenzo (No. 17 overall). This summer, more than any in recent memory, will be crucial to the Lakers achieving their goal with Pelinka shedding some light on what the front office is going through as National Basketball Association free agency draws near.

Fantasy Impact: Moe Wagner brings size and three point shooting to a young Lakers team that is still in the running for LeBron James.

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