Walton: Lakers will 'absolutely' talk to UCLA coach about LaVar Ball's involvement

The Los Angeles Lakers had a successful night at the NBA Draft Lottery, not only keeping their first-round pick for both this year and 2019, but also jumping up a slot to grab the No. 2 overall pick in next month's draft.

Most -- including a certain outspoken sports dad -- expect that means they'll wind up with Lonzo Ball, the lanky point guard from UCLA. But with Lonzo comes his ever-present father, LaVar, who once again was all over the headlines this week. 

While every team does background research on their potential draft targets, the Lakers, and whichever other teams are interested in Lonzo, won't have to dig very far to find out about his personal life, as it's been broadcast across the airwaves and internet for the past six-to-eight months without end. 

Ahead of next month's draft, Luke Walton was asked about the Ball family, and what kind of research the Lakers will do into LaVar's involvement with the UCLA program. We've heard about how LaVar disrupted his son's high school team, and it's quite relevant to see whether or not LaVar tried the same tricks with UCLA. 

Walton, however, said that as of right now, he's not concerned with LaVar Ball, and just wants to find someone who will help the Lakers win. Via Lakers Nation:

With some concern about LaVar's potential involvement with his son should he be drafted by the Lakers, Luke Walton appeared on the Dan Patrick Show and said that the Lakers will talk to UCLA head coach Steve Alford about LaVar's involvement:

"I wouldn't personally, but yes, somebody in our organization will, absolutely."

Walton also added that he isn't concerned about LaVar Ball right now and will think about it more as the draft gets closer:

"Not yet. When we get closer to the draft, we'll get a packet of information on every player that we're really interested in, and then we'll sit down and discuss it all. But right now I'm not concerned at all; I'm mostly concerned with what player can help us win more than 26 games the most."

Even though LaVar would likely have little ability to actually influence an NBA team once his son is in the league, he can certainly influence their decision about whether or not to draft his son. 

NBA Writer

Jack Maloney lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future. Full Bio

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