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Why the Lakers Want 76ers to Draft Simmons So They Can Get Ingram

The Philadelphia 76ers won the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, and they have the tough choice to make on picking between Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons. This leaves the Los Angeles Lakers to pick the other player at No. 2.

According to Bleacher Report, it appears that the Sixers are likely to lean towards drafting Simmons, leaving the Lakers to draft Ingram. Sources say the Lakers actually don't mind if Philly does this. They add that they may prefer to get Ingram instead.

The Philadelphia 76ers are leaning heavily toward taking Simmons on June 23, according to league sources, with the No. 1 overall pick they landed in the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night.

That would set the Los Angeles Lakers up at No. 2 with Ingram, who already wowed them in his May 11 interview on opening day of the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Ingram’s drive to be great and dedication to winning, according to sources, resonated deeply with the Lakers’ front-office contingent.

The sweet-shooting Ingram will be offered the chance to be so exceptional in a private workout that he shifts Philadelphia’s thinking, but as of now, it appears as though the Duke freshman will be available at No. 2. That would thrill the Lakers, who aren’t sure if Ingram isn’t better than Simmons.

You really can't go wrong with either player. While they are both not sure things, these two guys have tons of potential. 

-- Josh Dhani

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