The Los Angeles Lakers may not have their own No. 10 overall pick in the NBA Draft, but a savvy trade deadline deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers gave them the No. 25 pick and a chance to add a valuable role player. Last year, they added Kyle Kuzma at No. 27 and Josh Hart at No. 30, two picks that look to be home runs after only season in the NBA, so it's fair to assume that the Lakers are going to get good value out of their selection this season. It just seems that the player they are targeting is an odd choice.
According to Aran Smith of NBADraft.net, the Lakers have their eye on young big man Mitchell Robinson, and that according to a rumor floating around the Combine, the Lakers made a promise to select Robinson in the first round. That rumor is supported by the fact that Robinson has decided not to participate in pre-draft activities, which he would only do with an ironclad promise considering his specific circumstances.
Robinson has more to prove in the pre-draft process than most prospects. After initially committing to play for Western Kentucky in the 2017-18 season, the former top recruit ultimately decided to leave college entirely to prepare for the NBA Draft.