For the second consecutive year, the Lakers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. Now, they will look to vault back into title contention this summer. They do not have a pick in the first round currently, having traded Dallas' and their own at the March trade deadline. Here are a few news updates on the Lakers:
- T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times has a new column which argues that Kobe Bryant will act as a hindrance to the Lakers' success over the next two years, due to his declining skills and untradeable contract.
- Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio tweets that the Lakers would have to trade into the 15-25 range of Thursday's draft to land one of their two rumored targets, Quincy Miller and Perry Jones III.