“I definitely have to answer the questions,” he said. “It’s something that has to be addressed. Every team’s asking about it and at the end of the day, you just have to explain what I’ve been saying. And it’s that I’ve made mistakes, I went too far, and that I’ve grown and matured from it and am honestly a lot better now having gone through it.”Allen is not entirely unfamiliar with the Lakers, having played alongside Brandon Ingram in 2015-16, Allen’s sophomore year when he averaged a career-best 21.6 points per game.“I stay in touch with him a little bit,” Allen said, “and I saw him back at Duke (this spring). He was back home … working out in the gym so I caught up with him a little bit.”What stood out to Allen about his former teammate?“I told him he looks bigger,” Allen said. “He put some weight on, his shoulders are broader, he looks like he’s not getting pushed around anymore. Obviously, he’s come a long way since he came to Duke. He was super skinny, but he looks like he’s put some good weight on. He looks pretty big.”The Lakers are deep in their pre-draft process, which will continue next week when LiAngelo Ball is scheduled to work out as part of a six-man group on Tuesday.Ball is among the few players who might be a more controversial draft choice than Allen. The younger brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is not projected to be drafted after leaving UCLA last November. He spent most of last season along with younger brother LaMelo playing for Prienai Bytautas in Lithuania. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBoth Allen and Huerter are considered potential first-round picks. While Huerter boasts the better shooting touch, Allen averaged 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals to go with his 15.5 points per game last season.His 38 percent from deep also helps, especially considering the Lakers ranked 29th out of 30 teams in 3-point shooting last season.“Shooting translates for sure,” Allen said. “If you watch the league now you’ve got a bunch of shooters on the court. But also you have to figure out how you can contribute in other ways.”He was one of the players the Lakers interviewed last week during the NBA’s draft combine in Chicago.The athletic Allen’s career was marred by several on-court incidents and in 2016 he was suspended for a game by Coach Mike Krzyzewski for kicking an Elon player. It was one of three tripping incidents in his career. Those have been a major focus for teams who have met with Allen. EL SEGUNDO — When it came to Grayson Allen, most college basketball observers could be lumped into two general categories: Those who found him easy to root against and, well, Duke fans.But now the controversial guard, with a legacy of legsweeps, is now auditioning for a job in the NBA. And any team that struggles to make shots from the perimeter and could stand to play with more edge might be inclined to take a look at the fiery Allen.Enter the Lakers, owners of the 25th pick in the first round of next month’s draft.On Friday, Allen became the most high-profile draft hopeful to work out for the Lakers so far this month, headlining a pre-draft workout group that also included Maryland guard Kevin Huerter, a 41.7 percent 3-point shooter in his sophomore season.