Wagner played in the youth system of German pro team ALBA Berlin before MI coach John Beilein traveled to Europe on a one-day recruiting trip and persuaded him to head for Ann Arbor. With five picks left to play with and a stockpile of present and future assets, expect plenty of movement from Brett Brown's squad on draft night.
The Lakers were impressed by Wagner during their interview with him at the Chicago pre-draft camp.
Pelinka did not want to address the talks, saying he wanted to respect other teams with which he has discussions.
"The game, as you know, requires bigs that can spread the floor".
"We do feel like the road is a flexible road for us, if July 1 happens with one or two superstar players, great", Pelinka reiterated.
Los Angeles went 35-47 previous year, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
Regardless of how the Lakers roster looks next season, the franchise is happy with Wagner. "And we won't rest until we get it right and I think that's just how Magic and I are built, the rest of our staff, to work until we just get it done". That could leave Wagner with a chance to play a key role in the rotation.More news: Apple will release a wireless charger AirPower in September
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Fresh off a season that saw his Lakers shoot the league's second-worst 3-point percentage, the President of Basketball Operations set his focus on bolstering the team's perimeter attack.
He led MI to the National Championship game and scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a Final Four win over Loyola.
The Lakers, in need of perimeter shooting, now have a fiery big who shot 39.4 percent from 3-point range over the past two seasons, draining 108 3s during that span. The mutual interest is there, it's just a question of whether or not the Lakers can come through.
The Lakers received the 25th overall pick alongside Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
The Lakers' own pick, No. 10 overall, belonged to Philadelphia as part of the Steve Nash trade in 2012. Philadelphia selected Mikal Bridges, from Villanova, but traded him to the Phoenix Suns. Reports had also surfaced that his family has voiced their desire to either see him play this next chapter of his career in either Los Angeles or Cleveland.
The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.