Lonzo Ball makes case for LeBron James to join him on Lakers

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Lonzo Ball is expecting to hear his name called Thursday when the Los Angeles Lakers make the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, and is already trying to get LeBron James to join him.

The soon-to-be rookie made a free-agent recruiting pitch to James on Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN's "The Six." 

Ball was asked by SportsCenter co-host Michael Smith about the recent rumors that four-time MVP James may leave Cleveland for Los Angeles when he hits free agency in 2018.

Pressed to make his pitch to James, Ball said: "Hey man, LeBron, I like to win, I know you like to win. I think our games could help each other out a lot.

"Any time you want the ball, just let me know. It's gonna be there, you know."

If Ball does go to the Lakers in the draft, then expect him to be part of a real pitch next season should James opt out of his deal with the Cavs.