With the hopes of signing LeBron James as a free agent, adding some shooters is needed for his style of play. We also feel like because of the DNA shift here and because of the energy around our young core and our cap flexibility, that players want to be here.
The Lakers took Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-8 sharpshooter out of Kansas, in the second round with the 47 overall pick.
"He said, 'welcome to the Family.' That means a lot", Wagner said.
Wagner grew up in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood of Germany's capital religiously watching National Basketball Association games and even American college hoops. Though, Pelinka said that hasn't been a hurdle.
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. "That's just the way I'm built, and I know Magic's built the same way and Jeanie [Buss] ultimately, we don't compete to play games, we compete to win championships so there will be a sense of urgency until that's accomplished". "It's a dream very, very far away when you're over there, and it's exciting to be here now".
Wagner is already familiar with Staples Center after leading MI to two victories in the arena during the West Regional last March. According to Keith Pompey of philly.com, the trade itself won't be official until June 6th, so the Sixers will be making the pick for the Lakers in the draft. Los Angeles acquired the 25th pick from Cleveland last February in the trade involving Isaiah Thomas, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. The Lakers - who struggled from 3-point range last season (29th out of 30 teams) - surely are enamored with the Ukrainian sharpshooter's blistering 44.4 percent clip from the arc during his senior season. Knocks on his defense and wingspan put him in the second round, but the Lakers were impressed by his skill in their private workout. "Luke (Walton) was incredibly excited with the choices, and we're just thrilled with the way the night ended for us".
Now, Pelinka is looking forward to getting Wagner going on the program.