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Draft prospect Brandon Ingram holds private workout with the L.A. Lakers

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The 2016 NBA Draft will emanate from the Barclays Center on June 23 and some of the top prospects have begun working out with their potential suitors so franchise executives can decide who deserves their illustrious picks.

It's long been speculated that either Ben Simmons of LSU or Duke's Brandon Ingram will go as the number one pick in this year's draft and with the Philadelphia 76ers owning the overall number one selection, the Lakers will feel they can't lose with whoever crops up second.

In recent weeks, it appears as though the Sixers are leaning towards drafting Australian-born Simmons who has a pre-existing relationship with their coach Brett Brown from his days coaching his father Down Under.

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That leaves Ingram primed to join the Lakers, who, with a dire need at the small forward position, would probably favour the rangy shooter anyway.

The 18-year-old held a private workout with the Lakers on Thursday as their interest in the forward intensifies. His rake-thin body also went out to dinner with the organisation's execs in the evening and the North Carolina-born starlet felt that both the workout, and the evening affair, both went well.

When asked if he preferred to land with the Sixers or the Lakers, Ingram replied diplomatically: ''It doesn't matter at all. I want to go to the organisation that wants me, and I want to develop in this league the best way that I can.''

Luke Walton is the incoming head coach for the Purple and Gold and once his duties with the Golden State Warriors are fulfilled, he will be tasked with changing the Lakers' recent dire fortunes.

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As part of that, he is expected to implement a floor-spacing offence that has worked so well in Oakland, and Ingram feels he could play his part in that, should his move to L.A. come to fruition.

''I think being versatile is a part of this game nowadays,'' Ingram said. ''I think, with my body type and how tall I am and with the size I'm developing, I think it's going to be important for me to play different positions on the floor.''

The young man at the four spot couldn't help but marvel at the franchise he could potentially suit up for, and with Kobe Bryant's footprints still fresh and ripe to be followed, and the Lakers young core firmly on the ascension, who can blame him for being excited?

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''You see a lot of championships and great players coming through here,'' Ingram said. ''As a kid, you dream of just being in a great organisation and making your own brand. So coming into Duke, I had a goal to try to be a national champion. That didn't happen, but I wanted to be a great player there. And whatever organisation is my next step, I want to be another great player there.''

''Everyone around here are great people,'' Ingram said. ''They make you feel comfortable. I can say it's a family around the Lakers organisation.''

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