The Los Angeles Lakers, who hold the second pick in next week’s NBA draft, had Kansas forward Josh Jackson in for a second look on Tuesday, and also brought in Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox for a private workout.
Members of the Lakers’ front office — including Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka, Jesse Buss and Joey Buss — had seen Jackson on Thursday at a workout in Sacramento. The Lakers later tweeted, “Great Workout with Josh Jackson.”
Jackson canceled a scheduled workout with the Boston Celtics on Monday and then made his way to El Segundo, California, on Tuesday.
Jackson told reporters that there wasn’t much of a difference between Tuesday’s workout and his previous one, other than he was in a bit better shape.
Jackson is regarded as one of the best defenders in this draft class, an area of great need for the Lakers.
“With the way the game is going today, I think I can guard 1 through 4,” he told the Lakers’ website. “But back then probably 10 years ago, your 4-man probably would have been 6-foot-10 or something like that, so probably not. But the way the game is changing so much today, versatility is pretty important and I think I bring a lot to the table, especially being [able] to switch on any position except the 5.”
In one season at Kansas, Jackson averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
“I think I can play pretty much 1 through 4 for an NBA team,” he said, according to the website. “Playing the 4 at Kansas really helped me out a lot. I wasn’t too excited about playing the 4 coming into Kansas, but we caused a lot of mismatch problems, and I think it really bettered me as a player.”
Fox, who averaged 16.7 points and led the SEC in assists (4.6), told reporters on Tuesday that he’s ready to step up to the challenges presented at the next level.
“I just attack everyone,” Fox said. “No matter who’s in front of you — no matter if it’s defense, offense, rebounding. Every aspect of the game, I just feel like I attack it.
“They pretty much know I can play point guard, kind of have a midrange game, floaters, I can defend.
“So I just try to go in and prove the things people don’t think I can do. But at the end of the day, I’m gonna have to go in and perform in games. What happens in the workout doesn’t really matter.”
Johnson told reporters on Tuesday that the Lakers are working to bring Ball in for a second workout.
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