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.