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Lakers may get Karl Towns at No. 1 through draft trade with Timberwolves

June 25 is inching closer, but the debate between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor doesn't seem to be going away before then.

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It's no secret the Los Angeles Lakers like Karl-Anthony Towns, but do they enough so to trade up to the No. 1 spot to draft him?

It shouldn't cost them much to move up from No. 2 to the first pick in this year's NBA draft if Minnesota is open to dealing it. There's now speculation by ESPN's Chad Ford that the Timberwolves are willing to trade picks with the Lakers to acquire an extra asset.

Adding to this speculation is TMZ Sports catching Towns eating lunch with former Wildcat and current Laker Julius Randle at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills. Towns has visited L.A. several times this offseason, and he's now stationed there for training and draft workouts.

T'Wolves president and head coach Flip Saunders is enamored with Duke center Jahlil Okafor, who looks like the likely No. 1 pick if Minnesota keeps the top pick. L.A. likes Towns more, and they may be willing to move up for him.

As for who Kentucky head coach John Calipari thinks should go No. 1, it's clear he's sticking up for his guy.

"Wow, it's a debate?" Calipari said in a recent interview. "It seems like that would be the only city there would be a debate in."

June 25 isn't far off now, but the debate between Towns and Okafor doesn't seem to be going away before then, at least if Minnesota keeps the top pick.

If L.A. does end up making a move for the top pick, it probably won't happen until Draft Day.