Lakers Trying To Acquire Another First-Round Pick

The Lakers are one of a small handful of NBA teams with multiple first-round picks in the 2017 draft, but the team doesn’t appear to be satisfied with just having two first-rounders. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, the Lakers are attempting to acquire another selection in the first round for Thursday’s draft.

Shelburne reports that the Lakers, who currently hold this year’s second and 28th overall picks, have engaged at least two teams picking in the lottery. The club is in the market for prospects that could help improve L.A.’s outside shooting and perimeter defense, Shelburne adds.

While it’s not clear which teams the Lakers have spoken to, there have been reports suggesting that the Timberwolves (No. 7) and Pistons (No. 12) are open to moving their lottery picks for veteran help. ESPN’s Chad Ford heard last week from a Lakers source that if Los Angeles lands a second lottery pick, the club’s target may be Luke Kennard, who projects to land in Detroit at No. 12 in many mock drafts. It’s also possible that the Lakers are looking to accumulate more assets for a Paul George offer, though Shelburne’s story gives no indication that’s the case.

Another report from last week indicated that the Lakers have been “taking and making calls” involving the No. 2 overall pick, but that selection remains unlikely to be dealt, according to Shelburne. Lonzo Ball, the favorite to be drafted with that pick, has yet to line up meetings with any teams besides the Lakers, Shelburne notes.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported late on Sunday night (via Twitter) that the Lakers and Harrison Gaines – Ball’s agent – remain in discussions, but Ball’s camp has not yet received any guarantees.

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34 thoughts on “Lakers Trying To Acquire Another First-Round Pick

  1. I’d be stoked if they got rid of Randle and #28 to pick up Zach Collins.

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    • noraj9

      and not get this perimeter help they’re looking for with Zubac already on board?

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  2. Wllmcasey

    Would love to see the lakers trade whatever it takes to get Anthony Davis then bring in George next season. Maybe Klay Thompson

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    • Gary

      Dreamer.

      To fit those guys in you’ve got to have an atmosphere they want to play in. Ball movement, guys like each other, unselfish, great team mates, Superior ownership and upper management, etc. And even then guys want their money.

      Klay Thompson already said he’s not going anywhere… he’ll sacrifice money for a winner. Anthony Davis is going nowhere. He’s signed for 4 more years at 25 million plus per year. How are you going to get him?

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    • Gary

      Jerry West doesn’t work for the Lakers anymore. The Clippers will win a championship before the Lakers will again,mark my words.

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    • justinept

      Lakers can’t even afford George right now thanks to the mozgov and deng contracts. Forget the logic of NO trading its best player – the fact is that unless New Orleans took back a couple terrible deals, the Lakers couldn’t add both due to cap constraints.

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  3. Z-A

    Still don’t see the point of trading for PG13 instead of waiting a year. I’d focus on trying to dump Deng or Mozgov. Like trade back with Sacramento and make them take Deng or Mozgov. Whatever makes the Lakers pick #1 in 2018 works for me as a Sixers fan.

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    • deano

      You only trade for PG if Mos or Deng is included. That way you still have cap space for next year to add another FA. I am trying to figure out where everyone plays? If Ball is your point, then you would have Russell, Clarkson, Ingram and PG for 2 positions? That’s why you include one in a PG trade plus future draft pick 2020?) and mos or Deng.

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    • Dionis

      What if he gets hurt or waste a year with the Cavs expending a crapload of energy playing defense in the Finals against the Warriors? He’s 27 not 23, the time is now. Bring him in and extend him a max offer and thats it.

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    • Dionis

      He’s a 6’6 guard who can get from one end of the court to the other faster then just about any current PG not named John Wall and Russell Westbrook. He has an outside game and elevates the play of his teammates, selfless just like Stephen Curry,Jason Kidd, and Steve Nash.

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    • CursedRangers

      I’m already sick of hearing about him and he hasn’t even played a minute in the NBA yet!

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    • deano

      Look at FG efficiency. He’s among the best. High finish rate around the rim (75%?) and 42% from three and has nba range. No mid range but I think some of that is due to passing while driving to the basket.

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  4. SD Speak For Myself

    Lakers sit on your hands and watch PG go to Clippers. Jerry and Steve will make it happen. Earvin is a rookie.

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  5. Dionis

    Lakers shouldn’t let George waste a year of his prime, bring him in now.

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  6. Chris

    I wouldn’t hate this. But I still would rather just trade Ingram

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    • Dionis

      Yea Magic just needs to trade Brandon, its George we are talking about here. Ingram will be a very good player but I don’t think he will ever have the scoring ability of a Paul George.

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  7. bigbri

    I’m just curious with the Kings sounding like they want fox. Would trading the second pick be worth the 5th and 10th pick?
    not sure who they would go for then.

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  8. Jmpshorty

    Trade the No. 2 pick to Kings for No. 5 and No. 10. Try and include either Deng or Moz and clear space. Take Luke Kennard and Zach Collins and then take Jordan Bell with No. 28.
    Then you have Clarkson, Russell, Ingram, Kennard, Collins, Bell, Zubac, Randle. That gives you a great young core and try to entice PG and maybe Westbrook to come in FA.

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    • dodgerfan711

      I would do that in a second if the Kings took on deng. but i really dont see kings willing to do that

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      • Jmpshorty

        Well lots of talk about them trading No. 2 for No. 5 and No. 10. Deng or Moz could be a stretch but the lakers have the cards to play it that way. They could offer the kings a second rounder or two but getting off one contract would be huge.

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  9. Jmpshorty

    Take No. 2 and trade with Kings for No. 5 and No. 10. Try and include Deng or Moz if possible. Take Zach Collins and Luke Kennard then take Jordan Bell with No. 28.
    Then you have Clarkson, Russell, Kennard, Ingram, Randle, Bell, Collins, Zubac. Such a good young core to entice PG and maybe Westbrook to come to LA.

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    • GoldenJabs

      If only this site required drug testing prior to posting complete nonsense.

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      • Jmpshorty

        You are dumb because that’s not even nonsense. There have been so much talk of lakers and kings trade. And the lakers love Kennard and Collins and would be so much sense. Plus Jordan Bell is a stud. Maybe you should learn information before replying!

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        • GoldenJabs

          Ummmm…”Maybe you should learn information”……hahahaha!!!!

          Your obviously out of your league and now you’ve confirmed your Pompous Ass mentality.

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          • Jmpshorty

            I’m out of my league. Oh really because I’m speaking information that’s straight from here. You should really read bud. It’s helpful. Give you information..

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