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Lakers Nation Debate: Which Rumored Draft Trade Is Most Desirable?

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Topic: With the Los Angeles Lakers involved in numerous trade rumors, we wonder which deal is more desirable — the deal with Philadelphia for Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young, the deal with Golden State for Klay Thompson, or if they should just keep the pick.

Context: In the final days before the NBA Draft takes place, it is normal for rumors to fly around different teams, but this year, the Lakers seem to be caught up in far more than normal.

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First, there was a rumored deal for Thaddeus Young and the 10th pick for the Lakers seventh pick. Then came something of an upgrade as the Lakers would trade the seventh pick and Steve Nash for Michael Carter-Williams and Young.

And as the day was coming to an end, suddenly came news that the Lakers were in discussions to acquire Klay Thompson as part of a three-team trade that would cost them the seventh selection.

As all this is going on, news of Joel Embiid possibly slipping to the Lakers at number seven have begun surfacing and even if he doesn’t, Marcus Smart and Julius Randle have been impressive in workouts and at least one of them is likely to be available at seven.

The Lakers are trying to re-build the team as quickly as possible, so the thought of adding one or more established players is enticing. However, with a draft this deep, the Lakers may be smart to grab someone from this group who has the potential to be a future star.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak is sure to weigh all of his options, but of all the rumors surfacing, which one is the most promising?

Verdict: We took to Twitter and asked our followers about the potential deals. These are some of the responses:

The fan perspective wasn’t even close. Very few people want the Klay Thompson deal because they believe he is overrated or believe he will need an max extension and they don’t believe he is worth it.

I tend to agree with the notion that Thompson isn’t worth max money, but he is the best player rumored to be coming to the Lakers in any of these trade rumors. Despite that, however, I have to agree with the fans that the Young/Carter-Williams deal would be most beneficial.

Dumping Nash’s contract is something that has to happen if they get the opportunity. Young will stay on the books one extra year, but he basically makes the same amount of money as Nash, so it wouldn’t kill their cap and Carter-Williams has three more years on his rookie contract.

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The Lakers need as many good, young players as they can get and if they can get two while dumping Nash’s contract, that’s a win in my book. And this deal doesn’t prevent them from buying another pick later in the draft. If that deal is a possibility, the Lakers would be wise to do it.
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  • vdogg

    DO NOT trade the pick… draft aaron gordon.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Hey ya man if he reaches he still won’t be a HOF player but a All Star.I like Aaron Gordon he is a good player,he must his 42% free throw shooting.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      If he reaches his full potential he will be a All Star.He must improve his 42% free throw shooting.I love his defensive skills and he is uber athletic and he has the speed of a guard and great handles and a good passer.

      • Zimmeredge

        with a 35% 3pt he will improve his ft shooting.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Yes i know what Aaron Gordon can do i watched too many of his games but i still want to see him become better at the stripe which should be sure thing eventually.

          • Zimmeredge

            he’s got a great shooting mechanics. not the most beautiful shot but an effective one so he won’t struggle that much.

          • borsalino12

            People are talking about his bad mid-range shooting. I don’t care how bad it is, if the guy is so athletic and he can find his way to the basket for a 2 handed slam dunk or grab a rebound and put it back in the net. The Lakers can assign a free throw specialist to work with him this summer and I am sure, Aaron will come to the training camp in a lot better shape and as a lot better shooter. But his superb defense is what we need at our front court. The guy can defend equally well all opponent’s player on the court. That is what we need.He and Elfrid Payton have an All-Star potential and we simply can not pass on those two guys.

          • Zimmeredge

            he’s already 35% from 3. people often compare him to blake griffin because of his look… he is more of a shawn marion to me. can play sf and pf, great defender. surely not a superstar imo but a great team player. 18/10 and great close down player.

          • borsalino12

            In the college level, the coaches don’t have that much time to work with the prospects on the shooting techniques, but in the NBA is totally different story. As soon as A.Gordon become a Laker, I am 100% sure, he will have Alex Chestney working with him on the free trow shooting mechanics and on his mid-jumpers.Eventually, Aaron will become a lot better player, than he is now. That is why we are talking here about potential. He has that.

      • wangkon936

        Potential. The most overrated word… on the planet.

        • Tune

          Not really, some people you can see flashes of good potential while others you don’t. I see potential in Lance, Kawhi, Green, MCW, Irving, Steven Adams, Jeremy Lamb, and Reggie Jackson as great future players. Of course in NBA everybody can become an all star and you can’t predict it, but you can see the flashes in certain players. I can see Wiggins, Gordon, Smart maybe, Exum, maybe Lavine, and McDermott being potential all star caliber players in the future.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            Kawhii, kyrie, lance… that’s not potential, that’s proven. That case can be argued for MCW as well

          • Tune

            Kyrie isn’t fully proven yet, neither is MCW. Kawhi played great in the finals and other points in the playoffs, but he needs to play that way all the time. He needs to remember to stay aggressive and use his talent. That was an on and off issue the entire playoffs until the final 3 games. Lance is a walking triple double, but he has a lot of room to grow. His shot is good, but not as consistent as it can be. He also plays hero ball like WB instead of good ball movement, but that’s a problem with all of the Pacers.

        • borsalino12

          That is because you don’t understand the meaning of this word. Open the Webster’s Dictionary and learn something.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Byron Scott Considered Frontrunner For Lakers’ Job

      Jun 23, 2014 1:39 PM EDT

      The Los Angeles Lakers are not expected to hire a head coach until after July 1, but Byron Scott is considered the frontrunner.

      Scott has interviewed for the position three times.

      Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and Mike Dunleavy are the three other primary candidates for the Lakers.

      Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

      PER REALGM

      • hookedonnews

        Gentry has already been hired by GS. It was reported that Kurt Rambis was a primary candidate, but I believe it’s unlikely that either he or Mike Dunleavy will be hired. I doubt that they are sure who they are going to hire. If they wanted Scott, there is no reason to keep waiting. Makes you wonder exactly what’s going on.

        • Tune

          Pretty sure they’re just waiting for the draft. Seeing how trades and picks work out.

          • hookedonnews

            You would think that who’s coaching would have an impact on who you want in the draft or that you might want your coach to have some input on that choice. How do you know what kind of a team you want to build without knowing what kind of philosophy your coach has? Just find it a bit strange that they haven’t been more aggressive about hiring a coach.

          • Tune

            I’m pretty sure thats what the interviews are for. They find out what the coach wants to do and who they want them to take. When draft happens and they select, they select the coach that corresponds. We have no idea who they take between a trade, Smart, or a PF like Gordon/Randle.

          • hookedonnews

            I don’t think you choose a coach based on a draft choice. You should be looking for the best coach out there. This draft pick could turn out to be a bust (Greg Oden). The Lakers are going to have to build a team. They have only 3 or 4 players under contract right now, depending on what Nick Young decides to do. This draft pick is just one piece in a series of choices that are going to have to be made to get this team back into contention. Choosing the right coach is critical to this process.

          • Tune

            I get what you mean, but we don’t know yet. Let’s say we are able to get MCW from the Sixers, we might go with a coach who is better at developing PGs like many have said Byron Scott is with CP3 and Irving. If we take a big man then we might go with Hollins who had good work with the Grizzlies. Though I do think we should just go with Hollins.

    • Zimmeredge

      imo we are narrowing our research a lot. I can definitely see 5 candidates:
      Smart, Payton, Gordon, Randle and Vonleh.

    • rajap

      Aaron Gordon is a wannabe Blake Griffin. PASS!

      • borsalino12

        You pass on someone like Blake Griffin? WOW!

        • rajap

          A wannabe Blake Griffin. He doesn’t have the skill set or the body to ever become like Blake.

          • borsalino12

            You are totally wrong here. Aaron has a lot better body frame than Blake and is a lot more athletic than him. At this point, Griffin is a better shooter, but Gordon is superb defensive force, who can defend equaly well all front-court positions. You can work with someone on his shooting and make him NBA ready, but you can not make someone like Blake Griffin to play defense. It is just not in his nature. In not more than 2 years, Gordon will be an All-Star. Remember my words.

  • LAL

    My preferable trade would be: -

    MCW + 10th pick for Nash + 7th pick (and maybe future pick if Philly asking for more to sweeten the deal)

    • Tune

      If that happens, we could get Randle if he slips or Dario Saric, maybe Lavine if we’re aiming for him.

      • LAL

        Exactly. Possibility at no 10: Randle, Gordon, Saric, Lavine. With MCW, we secured PG/SG position + draft player.

        Another trade that I would consider is trading our future picks for Bulls 16 & 19 picks because Bulls need cap space to sign Melo.

        • Kobe Gagnon

          Don’t you know that Carmelo is coming to LA?

        • Manny1123

          This is good we can get klye Anderson

      • borsalino12

        Dario Saric is out of the draft. He signed 2 years deal with Turkish team. I have watched the whole NCAA tournament and J.Randle did not impress me at all. He is not the type of the player we need. Randle plays away from the basket and does not play ant defense.
        With the 10-th pic we can have a shot at A.Gordon or Elfrid Payton.
        These two are the type of a players we need desperately.

    • rajap

      Or have Philly throw Tony Wroten in. He’s a decent SG with PG abilities.

      • LAL

        Interesting suggestion but I still prefer MCW over Tony Wroten because we need a natural PG.

        • rajap

          I agree. I meant package MCW and Tony Wroten together.

          • LAL

            I don’t think Philly would be interested to throw in Wroten along with MCW plus 10th pick for just 7th pick & future picks especially that Wroten just had his breakout season.

    • hookedonnews

      They have already said that LA had not talked to Philly about a trade like this.

      • LAL

        Well, I’m just simply responding to the question in this article. I don’t think it’s going to happen either. Too good to be true.

    • borsalino12

      Of course, having pic # 3 can guarantee 76-ers PG Dante Exum, but it makes no sense, since they have MCW. I don’t think they will trade him. Phili needs help at the front court. That is why, they will go after N.Vonleh, J.Randle or even J.Embiid, despite his foot surgery week ago.

      • LAL

        This is not me saying. There are many media outlets saying that 76-ers are trying to shop MCW. Maybe they have different vision for the team.

        • rajap

          It’s very possible they will trade MCW. They traded Jrue without even flinching.

  • comrade24

    Do the Philly trade and then trade a future first rounder to Chicago for their 19th pick.

    • Lakers Fan

      As desperate as Chicago is to show Melo they can surround him and D-Rose with talent and make them into elite contenders, I highly doubt they trade their 19th pick. Especially in such a deep draft.

      • LAL

        From what I understand, if Bulls amnesty Boozer, they only have $13m salary cap to sign Melo. If they draft someone, that’s an additional salary for the rookies. So, Bulls need to get rid of the picks in order to make space for Melo – unless he is willing to take huge pay cut which is unlikely.

  • courtney harris

    I’ve yet to understand why we don’t have a coach. not only should we have a coach, but usually they have a better idea of whom they can add to build a situation like the one in LA. we do not have a #1 overall pick, so it is not like we have our future riding on this. outside of mitch, i don’t trust this organization to make the smartest choice anyway (considering NO ONE in the league wants to help the lakers get back to glory). the lakers are essentially going to decide the direction the team wants to go, then find a coach who can work with what he has? i personally don’t agree with that decision because its not essentially the coaches “guys”.. will the coach have much say so in 2015 when everyone is a free agent? *** last point, what about the surrounding staff? seems like the list of viable ass. coaches are running low.

    • Tune

      They’ve already interviewed coaches, I’m sure they already have directions to choose from. Whatever happens in the draft will probably decide the coach. I doubt at interviews they just talk about the finals and their favorite foods.

    • hookedonnews

      I’m beginning to think they really don’t want any of these guys.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I say keep the pick it’s a must.Draft is loaded top 8.

  • Edgar

    Chad Ford latest Mock has Lakers picking Julius Randle

    Write up:

    Julius Randle went into the Lakers’ workout and ferociously tried to end any doubt about where he belongs in the draft. After facing numerous questions about foot surgery this summer, Randle was dominant in the workout.

    Yes, Randle will likely have to have a minor procedure to clean up a rogue screw in his foot. But the Lakers, reportedly, aren’t as concerned as other teams. Marcus Smart seems to be the other strong contender for this pick. He came in for a second workout this weekend and had a strong one, but it looks like Randle has moved into the lead if the Lakers keep the pick.

    “If” is key. The Lakers have been very active in looking for veteran for their pick. Players like Klay Thompson, Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young are all interesting to them. This is a team that wants to win now. Randle or Smart could help, but a veteran will even be more ready.

    Doug McDermott and Elfrid Payton also have been getting long looks from the Lakers, but it appears that both players are only in play if Randle and Smart are off the board.

  • Edgar

    Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 1m

    Joel Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem, is controlling which teams get medical info on his client in order to steer Embiid to certain teams.

  • Edgar

    I want the Lakers to draft Aaron Gordon it’s just that simple.

    • courtney harris

      I agree. It’s something about his comments and (dare I say it) swag. He is confident but he talks in a way that shows he will be willing to learn and knows where his game is weak. To me Marcus smart is going to be another Russell Westbrook, and I don’t see him clicking with a struggling lakers team.. Especially Kobe, who will be throwing his own fits. I was court side when Marcus smart had that incident at Tech. It was worse than what the media coverage told. Dude lost it wayyyyy before he pushed that guy.. No longer a fan

      • Tune

        I agree, he gives me the impression of a strong player that will work out. Crazy athletic, definitely has the confidence and ‘it’ factor, and he’s a defensive played.

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    Here’s what I would do I would try and hang on to the 7th pick unless a really sweet offer comes up for say like the sixers offer mcw and the 10th pick (don’t need Thaddeus young and his toxic contract) for the 7th pick and try to trade nash as well let’s face it nash will never be what he once was and if the lakers trade him that’s almost 10 million of the books right there. What the lakers should also do is try and get another pick like Chicago’s 16th and 19th pick but another interesting scenario the lakers should try is try and trade with the kings for their 8th pick. The kings have made it very clear that they are shopping their pick so they can add a veteran and that veteran (i hate to say it) is Pau. So the lakers could sign and trade Gasol to the kings for the 8th pick for a 2015 2nd rounder and 2018 or 19 1st rounder and include marshall Kelly and possibly sacre. It may seem unrealistic but kings would be interested by the trade because you get a nice solid big in gasol next to cousins and two young players in Kelly and marshall, plus there is the future picks as well. So in the end the lakers would have the 8th and 10th pick they could use to pick Gordon and randle two young talented guys.
    Lineup next year would be:
    PG: MCW/farmar/free agent pick up
    SG: kobe/swaggy/free agent pick up
    SF: Gordon/henry/johnson
    PF: Randle/Hill/ed davis
    C: Monroe/okafor/blatche
    this line-up wouldn’t be too flashy at first but it would be solid enough to make the playoffs and most importantly lakers would save money until next offseason to get love or other marquee free agents. It’s possible so we will see what happens

    • Frank

      Hey just a quick question you seem intelligent does the fact that Michael Carter Williams shoots 40.5% Field Goal % and 26.4% from three point line bother you maybe raise a red flag for MCW?Also 3.5 turnovers per game.Yes he was on a terrible team that lost 25 games in a row.Second worst team in the NBA and he just seem to struggle and he was given the rookie of the year by default because nobody else had a great season since the draft was terrible last year.This draft is way better.Just saying.

      • Lakers Rebuilding

        well it’s no a reason to cause for concern quite yet because he is still developing as a player but I think next season he will really shine and show why he was ROTY. I wouldn’t be too concerned about him quite yet man he is still young give him another season.

        • Frank

          Yes i just hope we hire the Spurs shot doctor Chip as our shooting coach.Honestly perhaps we can double his salary and he can help fix the shot of any players needing a fixing.

          I am very concerned with those shooting % for MCW but it seems like he would be just a throw in along with the 10th pick to any team willing to deal with Philly.They must not value him like others do.I hope he fixes his shot and gets better at handling the ball.He should post up little guards and stop shooting jumpers as much.But you like Aaron Gordon as do i.Aaron has a shooting coach same guy Klay Thompson uses and he is improving yes he has major upside and is very athletic.

          Julius Randle will be a beast on the next level he will be a steal for some team in this draft.Big Julius Randle reminds me of a young Chris Webber and that’s a big compliment as Webber was great but he could have been better if he was more focused early on.Webber and Don Nelson clashed and the Washington stint was bad and they he found himself again with the Kings.But Randle reminds me of a Michigan Wolverines Chris Webber right now wow this is exciting.I think Randle will keep his head on his shoulders and reach a high ceiling and he will be one of the best Power Forwards ever when it’s all said and done.

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            that’s hy I think the lakers should get another pick by trading with the kings so they can get randle and gordon at 8th and 10th. two young players that could easily be franchise players for many years to come and the best part is lakers will have a very young lineup next year.

          • Frank

            Yeah i agree man.If they can somehow come out of this draft with Julius Randlle and Aaron Gordon then i will crown Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak for the FO of the year.Imagine that forward duo in 5 years wow scary good.Randle+Gordon.

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            will probably be all stars by next year if you think about it would bring a Showtime-esque type of feeling back to the lakers in a couple of years.

          • Frank

            The reason i said 5 years usually it takes that long for a player to be considered a veteran and man those guys would be way up there by then.Yes they are both going to be ready to go from the start.Julius Randle is NBA ready right now and they will both be great in 2 years but i said 5 years because that’s when the MVP award and championships start happening for great players usually.

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            very true man hope lakers really pull the plug with these trades and do what is best for the team so they can get out of this mess quick and return to relevant again.

          • Frank

            Yes just fax over you’re plan to Mitch and Jim lol.I love it.

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            haha will try mitch will probably think it’s brilliant and jim will probably think I’m a retard for even considering this.

          • Frank

            No Jim will just nod his head and say is it Andrew Bynum we need Bynum lol ha ha.You know Mitch will be all over this idea and try everything in his power to make it happen.He sees what these guys can do and that’s where it starts.Freaking brilliant idea man.

            But of course they did workout the aforementioned players in the case of Julius Randle it was a private workout and rumor has it even Jim Buss was thrilled with Julius and hugged him at the end of the workout lol ok maybe he shook his hand but either way good sign there.

            Then Aaron Gordon wowrked out twice for the Lakers and that’s encouraging as well.This is not so far fetched.It’s not like you’re saying lets get Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker with Russel Westbrook because you’re not and you are being realistic.

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            anything is possible and all I can say is I cannot wait until Thursday night when the draft starts going to be one interesting draft for sure

          • Frank

            Honestly most interesting NBA Draft in my life.That’s crazy.No Lakers team has ever had a pick this high since James Worthy 1982 that’s how long it’s been man.Yes 3 decades plus and now this is the most hyped draft ever and i am elated that the Lakers are in the top 7.

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            me too hopefully this draft class can down as one of the greatest of all time.

          • Frank

            It will go down as the best draft class along with 84,96,03.

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            we will see but im sure it will

          • Frank

            Huge indication of who the Lakers might select is a tweet from TWC SportsNet TWC SportsNet

            Verified account‏@TWCSportsNet

            The #Lakers are on the clock in this week’s #NBADraft. Who should they choose with their 7th selection pick?

            Then it has a picture of Zach Lavine,Aaron Gordon,Marcus Smart but no Julius Randle.

          • FilthyRich38

            MCW is still very young,tall and long.He is a good defender.A clear upgrade over Nash.With him and Kobe and Thad at Pf.One of the best fast break team in the league.Just need a good center though.

      • Tune

        I’m not that big of a believer on stats. Watching his games you can see why his % was low. I think his shot will improve just looking at his form. It’s a pretty solid form, can’t remember if he had a quick release or not. I think he had a semi quick one, but not 100% sure. He’s only a rookie so it’s not like that’s awful for a guy who’s pretty much supposed to be the best player on an awful team. He was the 3rd highest paid guy on the team as a rookie, that alone speaks to how much effort went into putting together a solid team. I see a lot of star looks in him.

      • Ugh drunks

        No one else can shoot on his team

  • http://www.niknokseyer.com/ Niknok Seyer

    Keep the pick. If they want Klay Thompson and/or Kevin Love.. they can lure them in next season.

  • Zimmeredge

    the best one is the one with philly. unload nash contract and trade the player we drafted at 7 for thad young and their drafted player #10.
    philly select for us someone like Elfryd Payton or Aaron Gordon. and we select with 7 whoever they want.
    Payton-Bryant-Young or Bryant-Thad-Gordon are great.
    then you juste have to add a pg or sf/pf and a center and we are good to go.
    Payton is young and experienced as well. great defender (1 and 2 and sometimes small 3). great slasher, rebounder, driver and assist guy. good all around for real. he’s fast and quick. very good out of pick n roll because he can drive, pull up or pass.
    With Bryant, Payton, Young, Sacre and likely Marshall and Kelly under contract you have 26 millions to give under the cap. You allow 10-15 to build a bench mob with Farmar or Collison, Bazemore, Young, Johnson, Hill. If Hill doesn’t want it then go after Okafor. You give Pau 10-12. And then you sign a starting sf someone like Ariza, Deng or Parsons for 8-10.

    Payton-Bryant-Deng/Ariza/Parsons-Young-Gasol
    Farmar/Collison-Bazemore-Young-Kelly-Hill
    and Marshall, Johnson and Sacre as utility guy.

    with all that you are definitely slighty under the luxury tax which is our main goal this season.

  • Lakers Fan

    If Philly trades MCW and Thaddeus Young for Nash and the 7th pick, they are crazy ass hell. MCW just won ROY, and Young has become such a valuable piece to that team. That being said, I would be ecstatic. As good as Klay Thompson is, we have no need for him and we can possibly get him when he becomes a free agent. MCW is a perfect fit next to Kobe due to his size and passing ability, and we could have our starting SF in Thaddeus Young. Our lineup could look like this:

    PG: MCW/Farmar
    SG: Kobe/Meeks/Henry
    SF: Young/Bazemore/Henry
    PF: Hill/Kelly
    C: Gortat/Kaman/Sacre

    Coach: Hollins

    That is a good mixture of defense and offense, and if it’s any coach who can maximize on a lineup like this it is Coach Hollins.

  • Tune

    The Philly one by far, if not, then go with Gordon or Embiid if he manages to slip.

  • M T

    LA needs to draft Gordon over anyone that’s available. He’s
    just as good as Smart, so they shouldn’t draft Smart bcz they could just find
    another similar player like Lowry and Lance in FA. There is no combo forward
    like Gordon in FA though. Gordon brings DEFENSE from day 1, athleticism, ball
    handling, passing, a high IQ, hustle, rebounding, and good finishing ability…..who doesn’t like that unique, amazing blend of skills?

    His shooting isn’t even a concern bcz that’s something that improves over time with every player. We can’t expect most 18 year olds to have and nba jumper. People already compare him to Blake bcz of his athleticism, passing, and even looks. People already compare him to Marion bcz of his rebounding, hustle, and great defense which is probably the best in the draft even though he’s the youngest player in the draft. I would like to add in another comparison: Noah. Gordon has great defense, great hustle, great rebounding for his size, but he also has a very high IQ, handles the ball as a combo forward, and has good passing skills similar to Noah.

    Gordon isn’t a stat sheet guy; he is and will be an under-the-radar impact player. His contributions speak for themselves when he had the MOST defensive win shares in college as a freshmen AND not only that, but his team had the #1 defense in the nation. Gordon will be the all star worthy player that never makes the all star game just bcz he doesn’t score 20ppg, but his contributions everywhere else are simply amazing.

    • Coopaloop

      NO!!! He is undersized for nba power forward.and cannot shoot well enough to be a sf.

      • M T

        I won’t argue with you bcz I know that you know very little about Gordon. If you claim to know Gordon well, then you would see why he could be the best player in the draft.

    • laker4lyf

      Smart > gordon

      • courtney harris

        Gordon> smart

      • M T

        Smart and Gordon are equal for now, but LA needs to draft Gordon bcz there are so many good guards in FA that can replace Smart like Lowry and Lance. There are zero combo forwards that can bring what Gordon brings.

  • rik

    i dont think either trade is going to happen. lakers should draft julius randle at no.7, then the lakers should sign and trade pau along with marshall, sacre, kelly for the kings no.8 pick. then draft aaron gordon with that pick.
    PG: Lowry/ farmar/ toney douglas
    SG: Kobe/ morrow/ bazemore
    SF: Gordon/ henry/ damion james
    PF: Randle/ jason smith/ matt bonner
    C: Gortat/ okafor/ aaron gray

    • Lakers Rebuilding

      pretty much the trade I listed earlier this trade is the best scenario for the lakers because it makes them better and younger and way more athletic. Gordon and randle will be both be fantastic players in a couple years just wait and watch.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Keep the pick and draft Marcus Smart.

    • LAK3R4LIF3

      Agreed but I doubt he’ll be there for the taking. Keep the pick anyways & draft the best player available and maybe buy another pick if possible a 3rd or 4th rounder and get a center or a PF. imo

  • LakersHeatBeef

    7) L.A. Lakers
    Needs: Defense
    Pick: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
    If Boston passes on Embiid, the Lakers won’t. Whatever you think of Andrew Bynum, L.A. won a title with him, and he had worse medicals coming out of high school than Embiid does now. It’s a marriage that makes sense, given Tellem’s long-held affinity for the franchise and L.A.’s gaping need to improve at the defensive end. If Embiid’s off the board, could see Aaron Gordon here.

    PER David Aldridge

    I LakersHeatBeef say the Lakers will draft Marcus Smart.It’s a Point Guard driven league and their is a possible Superstar Point Guard Marcus Smart at only 20 years old you take that guy everytime and twice on Thursdays.Anyways on Thursday is the draft 626 not the area code but the date of the draft.

    The NBA is a Point Guard driven league and yes a great Point Guard has won the NBA Championships several times in the last 15 years.Tony Parker 4 rings,Rajon Rondo 1 ring,Jason Kidd 1 ring,Chauncey Billups 1 ring.Yes great Point Guards do win championships just ask Magic Johnson how many championships he won.The misconception is teams don’t need a great Point Guard to win a championship,ugh yes they do.

    Of course Point Forward LeBron and Michael and Kobe all won rings despite having a great Point Guard but those were special players and some were in the triangle offense where it hides the Point Guard from being exposed.Isiah Thomas was a great Point Guard for the Pistons he has a couple championship rings yeah it’s Smart to draft Marcus Smart i will be shocked if it’s not Smart.

  • Chrmngblly

    Keep the pick and see if Gordon or Embiid is on the board. If not, trade with Philly.

    • VillainKing

      No Smart and Gordon..heheheh

  • wangkon936

    MCW, Thad and the a pick somewhere in the high teens/low twenties (third team needs to be involved?) for Nash’s stinky (but soon to expire) contract, the 7th pick and $3M cash.

  • hookedonnews

    None of these trades is going to happen (and the trade with the Sixers was never even proposed). There is no point in talking about scenarios that are someone’s fantasy.

  • VillainKing

    For me, if they keep the 7th pick then draft Marcus Smart or if they trade the 7th pick I choose the Sixers trade to get Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young..

  • http://www.blueisme.com Tong Zou

    Marcus Smart / Aaron Gordon will be better than MCW. Michael Carter Williams is not that great, he only shines because he’s ROY in a bad rookie class.

  • GURNDOGG

    The way some of you talk about Gordon he is the 2nd coming of M.J or something
    if its true bout Gordon (his pro’s & con shooting especially ) then how bout Craft (OSU) same exact type of player just shorter & when everyone is saying 2nd if at all bout Craft then Gordon is maybe a little higher but NOT worth 7th. Period !!!
    MARK MY WORDS lets come back next. Can’t believe some of you said all star next LMFAO at that.

  • Sfsf

    This is philly plan B,their plan is is for WIGGISN

  • Kobe Gagnon

    Lakers get Carmelo, without any doubt in the world. People think he’ll choose Chicago over La?

    So take that into consideration while speculating everything else

  • smoovexi

    Nash+7th pick for MCW+10th pick sounds good, then use the 10th pick to draft someone like Zach lavine and then try to sign melo/love & resign Nick young because with 2 rookie contracts and nash gone the cap room will be huge.

  • Manny11123

    Honestly wait it out if we can not get Marcus smart !! Trade it for mcw and young mcw is an animal and having a player to pass to and not have all the pressure on him crazy good but if we can get smart if preffer that but Randell and Gordon keep slipping and I want to win now so smarts more nba ready but mcw is a future star he won’t take as many shots cause he’s not gona be the main scorer and he has crazy d

  • borsalino12

    Yes. We need to trade the pic for a better options.Here is my idea of it.
    Trade St.Nash and the pic to Philadelphia for their pic # 10 and PF Thaddeus Young (26 y.o. 17.9 ppg – 6.0 rpg – 2.3 apg. – $ 8.6 mil.). Select with # 10 pic Aaron Gordon. In that case, we can afford to make a maximum offer for Eric Bledsoe ($ 13.0 mil.) and steal him out from Phoenix. We can also sign UFA center Jason Smith for $ 2.5 mil. as a backup and here is what we have for the new season.

    PG: E.Bledsoe (J.Farmar) K.Marshall
    SG: K.Bryant (K.Bazemore) cheap FA
    SF: A.Gordon ( N. Young ) cheap FA
    PF: T. Young ( R.Kelly ) cheap FA
    C : Jordan Hill (J.Smith ) R.Sacre

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