2017 NBA mock draft 4.0: Could the Lakers really pass on Lonzo Ball?

Slide 1 of 31: The 2017 NBA Draft is a little bit lighter on prospects this week.In a bit of sad news, French big man Jonathan Jeanne reportedly was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, the same condition that cut former Baylor standout Isaiah Austin's NBA career short before it started back in 2014. Barcelona's Rodion Kurucs, meanwhile, reportedly withdrew his name from this year's draft.Both were projected as late first-round picks, so their absence might not shake up your draft board all that much, but it is disappointing to see an already thin international draft class get a little thinner.You might notice those pieces of news still feature that dreaded "reported" designation though, as facts are hard to come by this time of year. You'll hear a lot of innuendo and speculation ahead of the draft on June 22, and most of it isn't worth squat.Every once in a while, however, a team will leak some genuine information among the lies. That's part of what can make this time of year such a hair-pulling experience for NBA fans.Don't worry. We're here to help you parse what's real, what's a ruse, and what's made up altogether — especially after a somewhat disappointing NBA Finals came to an end in five games. On that note, here's version 4.0 of our 2017 NBA mock draft.

Andrew Lynch, FOXSports | Source, MSN

The 2017 NBA Draft is a little bit lighter on prospects this week.

In a bit of sad news, French big man Jonathan Jeanne reportedly was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, the same condition that cut former Baylor standout Isaiah Austin’s NBA career short before it started back in 2014. Barcelona’s Rodion Kurucs, meanwhile, reportedly withdrew his name from this year’s draft.

Both were projected as late first-round picks, so their absence might not shake up your draft board all that much, but it is disappointing to see an already thin international draft class get a little thinner.

You might notice those pieces of news still feature that dreaded “reported” designation though, as facts are hard to come by this time of year. You’ll hear a lot of innuendo and speculation ahead of the draft on June 22, and most of it isn’t worth squat.

Every once in a while, however, a team will leak some genuine information among the lies. That’s part of what can make this time of year such a hair-pulling experience for NBA fans.

Don’t worry. We’re here to help you parse what’s real, what’s a ruse, and what’s made up altogether — especially after a somewhat disappointing NBA Finals came to an end in five games. On that note, here’s version 4.0 of our 2017 NBA mock draft.

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