NBA Draft scouting report: Why Markelle Fultz is clear-cut top prospect in talented 2017 draft class

A true late-bloomer, Markelle Fultz didn’t even make his varsity team at DeMatha Catholic until his junior year of high school. But since that point, it’s been a meteoric rise for the 6-5 guard who spent his one-and-done season at Washington. He’s the clear No. 1 player in the 2017 NBA Draft, a player in a tier all to himself.

Simply put, Fultz is one of the 10 best prospects to enter the NBA over the last decade. Here’s why he’s the prize of this selection process — and why the Sixers wanted him so badly.

In a move to clear cap space and likely prepare for the arrival of Lonzo Ball, the Lakers are trading guard D’Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Nets for center Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, according to The Vertical.

The Lakers will shed the final three years of Mozgov’s four-year, $64 million contract, along with a young starter in Russell, as they begin to target big names via trades or free agency. Lopez is on an expiring contract, making him an unrestricted free agent in 2018, the summer when LeBron James and Paul George will be unrestricted free agents.

There is some hope that Bridgewater can play this season. He threw passes in OTAs and his rehab is going well, according to Zimmer.

“You know like sometimes when you see a guy every day you don’t Cheap NFL Jerseys USA steelers_124notice the progress that he’s made,” Zimmer said. “I’m gone for two weeks, and obviously he’s not on the tape. I come back yesterday, and I say ‘Well, Teddy is moving better, quite a bit better in my opinion’.”