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May 17, 2006
The Lakers and Clippers will stage workouts for Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo, according to the families of the UCLA sophomore guards.
They have made themselves available for the NBA draft June 28 but neither has hired an agent so they can retain their eligibility by withdrawing from draft consideration by June 18.
They are projected to be low first-round or high second-round picks. Farmar, a point guard, is rated slightly higher than Afflalo, a shooting guard.
Each player has said he wouldn't consider leaving school unless he was confident he would be a first-round pick.
"Either way, it's win-win for Jordan," said his mother, Mindy Kolani.
"If he comes back to UCLA, he will bring with him the knowledge he learned in this process. If he moves on, he will be doing something that he is very excited about."
Farmar and Afflalo have been working out with the Bruins since the team's season ended in the NCAA championship game, which UCLA lost to Florida. A player is not permitted to try out for an NBA team unless he is a part-time student.
Farmar and Afflalo plan to qualify for that status by dropping one class each by week's end.
Teams routinely work out eligible players in their areas and the Lakers have already worked out two UCLA seniors, swingman Cedric Bozeman and center Ryan Hollins.