The Los Angeles Lakers have had a great offseason thus far. The start of the big offseason was the 2023 NBA Draft, which turned out to be a solid outing for purple and gold. Los Angeles took Jalen Hood-Schifino with the team’s first first-round pick since 2018. JHS may take time to develop, but the traits for him to be a solid player in the rotation are there.
Arguably the best value pick came in the second round with Maxwell Lewis, who at one point was seen as a first round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. The Lakers didn’t just get a steal in the second round with Lewis, but the team learned from past mistakes and was able to sign Lewis for four years.
Everything has worked out great for the Lake Show and the crazy thing is, it almost never happened. Before the Lakers took Lewis with the 40th pick overall, it looked like he would instead go to bitter rivals Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers. boston celtics. Lewis’s father, Robert, told Dan Woike of the LA Times about the madness that was draft night and how his son almost became a Celtic.
“They got a call early in the second round that was a mix of good news and bad news. One team wanted Maxwell in a two-way deal. That team, however, was the Boston Celtics.
“The thing that went through my mind was ‘I don’t know if I can wear a Boston jersey … but I’ll take it,'” Robert said.
Then came the phone call from Pelinka: A roster spot, not a two-way deal, was what the Lakers planned to offer. Soon after, the Lakers chose No. 40.”
The Celtics almost stole Maxwell Lewis from the Lakers
Not only was this a better result for Maxwell Lewis, but it was also a better result for his father, who is a Lakers fan and didn’t have to drop a notch and don Celtics green.
What’s most interesting about this situation is the fact that Boston still held the cards and could have taken Lewis. Boston had the 38th pick in the draft and ultimately took another forward in Jordan Walsh. Lewis had no real choice in the matter.
There’s a world where Lewis’s agent took advantage of the Lakers’ wish to essentially talk the Celtics out of taking him. That happens all the time in the NBA Draft, especially in the second round. Teams are usually willing to do the agent a favor knowing that he would come back to his favor if they find themselves on the other side of a similar situation.
But the thing is, the Celtics didn’t sign Walsh to a two-way deal. Walsh signed a standard four-year deal with the team.. That indicates Boston didn’t expect Walsh to fall to the team with the 38th pick. Boston may have been ready to trade Lewis and only changed course once Walsh became available.
The two players are pretty similar, but Lewis is a bit older, which means he’ll (in theory) be more NBA-ready than Walsh. So why sign him to a two-way deal but sign Walsh to a standard deal? That logic seems backwards.
Regardless, the Lakers ended up with Maxwell Lewis who, for our money, is the better player of the two second-round forwards.
- Posted on 07/17/2023 at 7:30 p.m.
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