The Los Angeles Lakers assistant general manager and director of scouting Jesse Buss acknowledged how high he and the staff were on Max Christie, via Mike Trudell of

“We were looking at two or three players, all who we had first-round grades on. Max was highest on the board. But it was definitely close. There were a lot of talented guys left on the board. We felt comfortable with Max because getting him here with Coach Ham and his staff, Max is going to develop into a pretty good player, long term, for us.”