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Lonzo Ball To The Lakers Seems Like It's Going To Happen

The dream scenario for LaVar Ball and his family.

Lonzo Ball is going to stay in Los Angeles and play for the Lakers.

That's not official yet, obviously, but it might as well be after tonight's NBA Draft Lottery. The Boston Celtics will pick No. 1 and probably either take Washington's Markelle Fultz or trade the pick for a star like Jimmy Butler or Paul George. The Los Angeles Lakers will pick No. 2. And they have to take Lonzo, right?

It seems obvious.

Lakers' president Magic Johnson has to love the idea of picking the homegrown star and he told ESPN that helicopter-parent-on-steroids LaVar Ball won't affect his decision.

"No effect at all," Johnson told ESPN. "I think what you're drafting is the son and not the father. I think that you also are gauging and evaluating his son on his ability and what he can do not only on the basketball court but also what he can do for your team. How he can enhance and make your team better."

The man who's most-excited about this has to be LaVar Ball. His Big Baller Brand, which earlier this month revealed its $495 signature shoe, will only gain more attention by Lonzo staying in L.A. ESPN's Darren Rovell thinks it could prompt the Nikes and Adidas of the world to get back in touch with him, too.

This would also allow LaVar to be at a ton of Lonzo's games. He still has two sons in high school in Chino Hills (a 45-minute drive from L.A.) and wasn't going to move.

The Lakers need a point guard, too.

It has to happen.