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Lakers News: Team Leaning Toward Drafting ‘Best Player Available’

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The 2014 NBA Draft is only a few weeks away with still no indication which player the Los Angeles Lakers might consider selecting with the seventh pick overall on June 26.

On Wednesday, the Lakers brought in 12 draft prospects in two separate workout sessions. Both sessions were chalk full of talented prospects that could be available with the seventh pick in the upcoming draft.

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Once all the workouts wrapped up on Wednesday, GM Mitch Kupchak talked about the upcoming draft and what the team may do. Kupchak made it clear that the team won’t be targeting a certain position in the draft, but rather the best player available, according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

With the Lakers not getting the most favorable pick in the upcoming draft, the team could elect to trade the pick for multiple selections later in the draft. The Kevin Love sweepstakes has been a hot topic as of late with plenty of rumors linking the superstar forward to the Lakers, but it seems doubtful they’d be able to offer a trade package that would intrigue the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Over the past week or so, rumors have surfaced that the Timberwolves might be considering trading Love before the draft. The team is fielding numerous offers from around the league with teams like the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets all rumored to be interested in the perennial All-Star.

With the prospect of landing Love in a trade not a likely scenario, the Lakers could target a player like Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Julius Randle (Kentucky) or Zach LaVine (UCLA) on draft day.
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  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Anyone of these 3 would be nice… Smart, Randle, Gordon… in particular order…

    • Chris Park

      I’d take Vonleh over Randle

      • Badazztj12

        Vonleh will get drafted by Lakers

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      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        Have you seen the workout video? Gordon and Vonleh were seen standing together, and I can tell you, Vonleh is closer to 6-6 than he is to 6-9… if at all, I think, Lakers will draft Gordon or Smart if they are available.

        • Chris Park

          I didn’t see the workout video so I’m not exactly sure how it would’ve looked but I’m pretty sure if all sources state that Vonleh is 6-9 he will be around there. They can’t mistake 3 inches lol.

          Apparently Vonleh has the same “potential” as the other top 4 picks so it’ll be interesting.

          My personal order will be Smart, Vonleh, Gordon but apparently Celtics are locked in for Gordon

          • Badazztj12

            They want between Smart or Gordon and Lakers like Vonleh

          • Computer Networking

            Not necessarily. The celtics are looking at Greg Monroe. It will be very interesting.

        • kookiebuger

          Aaron Gordon is 6’9 he’s not that much shorter then Vonleh (6’10).

          • Badazztj12

            I think they still reading the news on him when he was maybe in middle school.

        • mjfadaway

          I’m all for drafting Gordon, but Vonleh is definitely not 6-6

          • Sanderson

            Vonleh is 100% 6’6″, go to YouTube’s draft lottery, Vonleh standing side by side with Wiggins is 2″ shorter, Wiggins standing next to James Worthy is 1″ shorter. Vonleh looks taller because of his broad shoulder. Mitch & Company got the “sticker shock” today when they saw how short Vonleh was. He’s like Paul Millsap.

          • mjfadaway

            Do you have a pic? I saw one with him standing next to McDermott, and I admit he did look more like 6-8 or 6-9, but 6-6? Naw

          • Sanderson

            McDermott is measured 6’6″ at draft combine.

          • mjfadaway

            Really? Ouch! I really don’t want Vonleh anyway. My favorite players in this draft minus the first three picks are Exum, Gordon, LaVine, then Smart

            I’m sure Orlando will take Exum and I think the Celtics will burn us by taking Gordon. We obviously aren’t gonna take LaVine at 7, so I think we’ll end up with Smart.

          • Sanderson

            But there’s always a sleeper in the late 1st round that will make every team missed him regret, we just don’t know who that will be in this draft. Time will tell. We can only hope Mitch picks the right guy. Who knows, I got a feeling Mitch will surprise everyone by picking a guy no one has mentioned.

          • Computer Networking

            I think Mitch is going to trade the pick especially since Irving will possibly be on the move. Cleveland has stated that they will not be giving Irving a max deal and irving has made it clear that he will not resign with cleveland. Lakers want irving.

          • nlruizjr

            does anyone know if Saric is invited to the combine to workout for the Lakers, would like to know if he has what it takes.

          • jswizzle

            yee just like steph

          • Computer Networking

            I believe that the lakers could trade up if they offered Jordan Hill in the deal. If they really want Exum, they could get him. Orlando is in the top 5 and they will probably talk to phili about carter williams.

          • Chrmngblly

            Oh God. Not Smart. He can’t shoot and we need a big, anyway.

          • mjfadaway

            Bigs are too risky. Vonleh and Randle may or may not turn out to be decent players.

            Smart isn’t my favorite to be honest. I’ve been fixed on Exum, Gordon, and LaVine for the longest. I’m just saying Smart cuz that’s probably who we’ll end up getting.

          • Chrmngblly

            Some bigs are risky. Randle scares me because he was a bull-moose-type player in college—which means squat in the pros and he can’t jump. Same with Smart only he can’t shoot, either.
            I like Exum, Gordon and Lavine. Vonley, I don’t know.

          • Computer Networking

            To be honest, it really doesn’t matter. Did you see his wingspan. If he is that short, his wingspan will make up for it.

          • Chrmngblly

            WHO are you talking about?

          • nlruizjr

            you can’t trust camera angles, the wrong angle can give you misleading info !!!

          • Computer Networking

            It all depends. First, I do not believe that the lakers will use the pick. I think that they will trade the pick away especially because the cavs are now looking at trading kyrie irving. The lakers want irving and I believe that trading the pick for irving and possibly get them to eat up nash’s contract for one of the lakers players would be very smart, but if this does not happen, I say draft vonleh. Gordon is a good pick also, but gordon is more offensive minded while vonleh is more defensive minded. The lakers need defense, the offense will come.

          • Chrmngblly

            You have it backwards. Vonley is more offensively polished, while Gordon is more defensively accomplished.

          • VillainKing

            Chrmgblly did Vonleh and Gordon fuck your ass and mouth its seems that the both of them rape you and that is not Vonley its Vonleh understand..

          • Chrmngblly

            You are not a gentleman, VillianKling…:-)

          • VillainKing

            Yeah I’m not in terms on your whore mother Chrmngblly!!!heheheh

          • Chrmngblly

            I am going to have to spank you like the bad child you are.

          • VillainKing

            You cannot spank me Chrmngblly you are a coward person and also you are a little bitch for me Chrmngblly…

          • Chrmngblly

            I will put you back on the street where I found your momma…

          • VillainKing

            Your whore momma hates you so your the one that will be put back on the street…heheheh

          • Chrmngblly

            Hey little punk…..Did you watch Zach Lavine work out today? or would your momma let you stay up that late?

          • VillainKing

            YES..me and your whore mother watch together the work out today…

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I love you’re top 3 for us to draft.Give me Smart on my team anytime.:)

      • Chrmngblly

        You can have Smart. The guy can’t shoot, though. You realize that, right?

        • nlruizjr

          hilarious, did you see his video interview, he missed every shot, uncontested, yikes !!!!!

    • Badazztj12

      I would take Smart and Gordon but dude Randle? He is a undersize PF, short wingspan and doesn’t have the quickness to guard faster SF’s. I would have Noah V in my top 3 beside Randle

      • Robert D. Sr

        Amen. If anyone remembers Sean Rooks, that’s Juilus Randle. His whole game is pump fake, plays under the basket, very unathletic that means he’s gonna get dunked on a lot in the NBA.

        • mjfadaway

          Randle is ZBo 2.0

          • kookiebuger

            Nothing about Randle’s game is makes me want him, he can’t defend, he is undersized for a PF(height, wingspan), and no offensive game (no jumpshot, very limited post game outside of spin moves and pump fakes). His game is based on his strength, it will work in college against smaller defenders but I doubt it will work in the NBA.

          • Computer Networking

            Your reasons really doesn’t make sense. These guys have been playing against other college players. They are now coming in to a much faster and physical league. All of these players are going to have their faults, but the question is who has the best upside. I believe randall is one of those players who have a good upside. He can be taught and trained to be a better defender, there are many players who have been undersized for their position and still made great impacts on the game and their team, he can develop a jumpshot, his post game isn’t limited because of his ball handling skills. He is strong and has the build to do some damage. Also, I agree with kookiebuger. He is randall 2.0. He has that old man game that will always be effective down low. He will be a great addition to any team.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        your info was of a year ago.. Randle already grew on that stats.

      • Computer Networking

        I think that smart will fall in the draft. Owners still see him as a risk because of the incident that happened. I like smart, but I think that the lakers can and will trade their pick for a player and a lower pick and still get someone worth while.

  • Adrian Hunter

    This isn’t popular opinion but I think lakers should go for a trade of their pick and go for zach Lavine and Doug McDermott. Crazy idea it seems but I see these guys avg 15 pts or more and being key starters with kb24. I think McDermott can guard small forwards ( no lebron or kd of course) in a good team defense. And a offense set up like spurs, or a motion like jerry sloan’s classic offense that promotes a lot of passing could benefit kobe and show how good McDermott and lavine are off the ball because their one of the best off the ball in college so they could easily play along side kobe being ball dominant. Idk wishful thinking.

    • Jim213

      It’s a toss up really, but for those who’ve done some research at minimum realize that there’s more capable candidates than the so called top 7 being pitched.

      Kupchak on Wednesday’s Predraft Workouts

      http://www.nba. com/lakers/140604workouts_kupchak

      • Jim213

        Predraft Workouts: Wednesday (Session 2)

        http://www.nba. com/lakers/140604workouts_sessiontwo

    • Computer Networking

      I like your thinking, but what about Adrian Payne of Michigan State. I think that he is better defensively than McDermott. He is that stretch 4 that everyone wants on their team and he is physical. The lakers will go after Kevin Love in the future. Payne can play that role right now and possibly play next to love in the future.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Draft Marcus Smart at #7.I think he is the best player available in our range.

    • VillainKing

      Agree of you!!

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Yes indeed i noticed you and me have been joined in our quest to bring Marcus Smart to the Lakers.Go Lakers Nation!

        • VillainKing

          Correct Marcus Smart is the best choice for the Lakers..

          • Chrmngblly

            You must have been raped by Marcus Smart in juvy or someplace and really liked it, the way you worship the guy. What a d*ck sucker. No offense, d*ck suckers.

          • VillainKing

            No, I’m just a big fan of Marcus Smart he is my second basketball player idol next to Kobe Bryant..I want to see both of them playing together in the Lakers team..I know there duo will be great and very effective in the NBA..And speaking of RAPE I know on person that I rape almost 20 years..She looks very happy what ever I do to her and that is your whore mother Chrmgblly..I have a question for you Chrmngblly how many dicks that your father sucks just like you?. Your whore mother told me also that she is not happy with your gay father and her gay son..That gay son is you Chrmngblly..I almost forgot to great you BIG BIG FUCK YOU CHRMNGBLLY!!!!!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Going for BPA is always the smartest thing to do in any draft especially this one.

  • Tune

    I honestly think with the current talent available that it’s the best thing to do. All the top people available will be PGs and power forwards, which are 2 positions we need. Either a good, athletic, defensive-minded PF or a good 2 way PG.

  • Mitch

    It’s never easy picking a player in the lottery at number 7.But here this my crack at it.Marcus Smart to the Lakers at lucky number 7.Noah Vonleh to Utah they need a stretch big man with that roster.Celtics want Aaron Gordon freakish athlete.I am not very impressed with Zach Lavine he just looks like a smaller Gerald Green to me but with some better Point Guard skills and a much better head on his shoulders he is a great young man with a good personality,i could not say the same for Gerald.Noah Vonleh reminds me of Brian Cook but that is not a knock on him only my actual opinion at this time.A better more consistent Brian Cook with much better rebounding and defense in his game.Marcus Smart is my pick.Yours?

    • Badazztj12

      Noah V is not a straight stretch 4 player. He can knock down the 3 but that’s not his game just like Pau. He gets most of his points in the post and off offensive rebounds. Noah is a rebounding beast. He is a defensive anchor. He calls out defensive plays for his teammates to get in the right position and have a decent post game. My pick is on Noah V.

    • mjfadaway

      That head the you speak of LaVine having is what will separate him from a Gerald Green. Plus learning from the Mamba wouldn’t hurt.

  • JohnSmith00

    It’s a bit concerning that the wasn’t the case to begin with, oh well either player slotted in the best player available works for me. I for one am extremely excited can’t wait to see who they draft and how he turns out.

  • LakerFAN30

    If we can’t get Kevin Love I think Lakers can develop Ryan Kelly like Love. He can shoot mid to 3pt line, he can pass, high basketball IQ, avg rebounder and much more. We don’t need Love if he won’t resign with the Lakers for long term. Better develop prospects that are comitted to be a Laker.

    • truth24

      Stop hitting the pipe

    • George

      Ryan Kelly is not a NBA All Star Kevin Love is All NBA All Star.Kelly trash.

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        He never said Kelly will be an all star. Just “develop him like Love”, as in a player who has a similar style to Kevin Love.

        • LakerFAN30

          Thank you Evan, at least some people makes sense here and reads before they comment

          • LakerFAN30

            George I suggest you take some reading lessons. And about your comment, sure Kevin Love is a star but it is not worth it if he would just bolt like Dwight did. Lakers already loss a lot(Bynum’s value was high at that time), could have gotten Iggy but have to face the facts they are already on a difficult situation. But as Laker fan, they’ll bounce back, I just hope this the year.

          • Computer Networking

            It’s a pointless conversation because unless the lakers can find a third party, there is no way the lakers will get Kevin Love this season. Kyrie Irving is a different story. The lakers want Irving also and he would be willing to sign a long term deal with the lakers. The would have to trade the 7 pick for him though. I say trade the 7 pick for Irving. If possible, squeeze nash in the deal, but that will be tough counting as the cavs don’t know if they will keep varejeo or not. He is a team option for this upcoming season.

          • Computer Networking

            I agree. Kelly is a good option to develop and he does a high IQ. Good thinking.

  • repost

    The repost is strong with this one..

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    I still like Smart, but the athleticism of Gordon is intriguing. That vertical of Lavine is insane though.

    • Sanderson

      If Smart is still available at 7, it would be awesome, Lakers need someone that play with fire and intensity, Smart is as tough as they come. TMZ just reported that Bynum wants to be back with the Lakers, and he’s a free agent. If Bynum can gets his health back, Lakers draft Smart, put those two together – that’s a lot of intensity on offense and defense, then sign Deng like you mentioned. With a healthy Kobe back, the Lakers could look pretty promising going into next year.

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        Bynum? Intensity? I’m not sure what he can do with those knees now. Also, I’m sure Bynum would sign with whoever would give him money. Lol

        • Computer Networking

          To be honest, the lakers don’t have anything to lose by signing bynum. I would sign him to about 1-1.5 million for one year to come off of the bench. You need a go to guy when kobe is on the bench.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            If you’ve got the roster in place, Bynum as an afterthought is fine. Bynum as an integral role player? Not so much. Past couple seasons have made me question his health and drive.

          • Computer Networking

            Understandable. I just don’t think u really have anything to lose. He comes cheap and you only lyrics play him for 15 minutes per game.

  • kiko

    hire george karl or jeff van gundy and quin snyder and i consider also Lionel Hollins and Ettore Messina and Mike Krzyzewski and david blatt next head coach LA Lakers and LA Lakers should get draft and add 8 pick if willing to trade sacramento kings for cash this coming june 26 draft day

    • Computer Networking

      Mike Kryzewski is not going to leave duke. The lakers tried to get during the Kobe vs Shaq fallout and he refused. Plus he stated that he is only going to coach for about another 5 years. Before hiring Karl, you have to fill your roster and see what you are working with. Karl is a run and gun coach. Either you build your team areound speed or power. Not many coaches can coach both effectively. Jeff van gundy is off the market, but I agree with the consideration of the others, but I believe that it would be best to hire Byron Scott.

  • Deone

    Also lakers can look to buy a pick late first round or second….if teams are looking to keep flexibility for maybe a signing they my choose to sell there pick….Dallas did this last in hopes of Dwight Howard….not sure if this counts towards your cap tho…ie the purchase and then the salary.

  • Lakers Fan Since 2006

    My top players in the draft are like this.

    1.Andrew Wiggins
    2.Joel Embiid
    3.Jabari Parker
    4.Aaron Gordon
    5.Noah Vonleh
    6.Julius Randle
    7.Lakers Dante Exum,Marcus Smart,Zach Lavine Get a freaking point guard.

    • Computer Networking

      Exum will not be there. Orlando is definitely going to sign Exum because they are paving the way for Nelson to be gone. Honestly, I do not believe that Wiggins will go number 1. Many say that he is, but he has confidence issues that puts him out of games plus he cannot go to his left which is another big issue. I believe that Embiid may fall in the draft because of his injury. Teams are going to be very skeptical of that. I believe that Parker will go number 1. He is clearly that best all around player. He could play the 3 or the 4, his ball handling and ball security skills are solid, good jump shot from mid range and 3 point range, above average defender, physical… I could say more, but I believe he will go number one.

      • independentbynature

        You’re right about Exum and wrong about Embiid.He looked great in workouts and showed no signs of injury.Cleveland is stupid,though.So,who knows what they’ll do.Bennet was a terrible #1 pick last year.

        • Computer Networking

          I think I’m right about embiid. He looked good for a workout. That says nothing about what he will do and how his body will hold up in 82 games. Gms are worried. It won’t hurt his stock. He will still go top 4. There is a chance that Exum moves up and one of the top 3 fall back 1 or 2 spots.

  • kb24

    trade the pick and monroe and meeks for love and brewer,unless smart will be mentored by nash in shooting and passing or gordon as a backup 4 who can be our perimeter defneder

    • Computer Networking

      I almost agree. It seems that van gundy is going to keep monroe and possibly put josh smith on the trade block. This is what it is looking like right now. I think that the lakers should talk to houston and trade nash for asik. Houston would go for this because this trade would put them under the salary cap and they could either play nash off the bench as they look for another suitor for jeremy lin or waive nash. The lakers would be getting a solid physical defender that can run the court. After doing this, use the 7 pick to go get kyrie irving. Remember, he is still on his rookie contract so the lakers won’t break the bench for him. So you would be able to get both player for 20 million and have 17 million to spare. Asik is just a one year contract. He would be worth the 14 million for one season. The lakers could then go after stephenson from indiana. I’m pretty sure the lakers could get him for about 6-8 million. Why would he want to leave Indiana? His own teammates don’t want him to stay. Let’s just be honest about that. I watched after Miami put Indiana out of the playoffs and saw how paul george reacted when the press asked him if he wanted stephenson back on the team. If you haven’t seen it, watch it and you will see what I’m talking about. Lastly, you need a small forward, but you only want a one year small forward. this is a little more difficult. I would say beasley, but he brings too many issues with him. So, I believe that they should consider bringing in Battier for a year. Cost efficient for a defensive small forward that can knock down those open jump shots that kobe will throw out to him. He is someone that Kobe would be able to trust. Now you have enough money to bring back Nick Young.

  • justsaying

    We need to get rid of Nash by any way possible, try to get more than one draft pick, get Melo. And go from there.

    • Computer Networking

      We should not get melo. getting melo would leave too many holes on the team.

  • http://www.nowallsstanding.com trench

    So many holes in this team’s line up next year, the best player available option is the best way to go!

  • kiko

    LA Lakers should Get and sign carmelo anthony or chris bosh this coming free agent offseason

    • Computer Networking

      Maybe Bosh, but not melo. cost too much and the lakers have holes to fill.

  • Dan

    So big picture with the Lakers doesn’t look too good at all.First of all the player the Lakers were banking on Kevin Love is looking to play elsewhere and the Timberwolves are fielding the best offer for him and the Lakers only have this pick to offer and nothing else.So scratch the Lakers off the Kevin Love trade list.Next we wanted a top 3 pick but the lottery balls instead pushed the Lakers further to the seventh spot in the draft.Then we want a point guard to replace the old and washed up defensive liability Steve Nash and the chances of getting either Dante Exum or Marcus Smart are low since apparently Orlando wants to draft Marcus Smart and Utah wants to convert Dante Exum to a shooting guard.Yes this is bad news if true since we need a point guard badly.I don’t know about you but i am tired of watching opposing point guards destroying the Lakers.

    • Computer Networking

      Everyone sees the situation but isn’t looking at solutions. There are definitely solutions out there. The lakers want Kyrie Irving and he is about to be on the trade block. The cavs don’t want to give him a max contract, and if they did, it wouldn’t matter because irving doesn’t want to resign in cleveland.

  • M T

    Kings are shopping their 8th pick for vets. Sign and trade Pau, Nick, 2016 swap option, 2016 2nd, and maybe even trade Marshall to a 3rd team for that 8th pick. Draft GORDON and Vonleh. Re-sign HILL and Jodie. Sign Lowry and Lance. Wait for Love in 2015. This would be a title team without weaknesses: Lowry, Kobe, Gordon, Hill, Vonleh. Jodie, Lance, and Love.

    • Computer Networking

      There will be weaknesses. First, you don’t know what you are getting yet with Gordon and Vonleh. Two, the lakers can’t do a sign and trade with gasol unless he wants to go to the team that they want to send him to. Lastly, everyone doesn’t really understand why the lakers are in the position they are in. It has everything to do with assets. The lakers have none. I agree with lance. I would agree with lowry, but I would rather wait to see if the lakers would get irving from cleveland since that marriage has definitely gone sour. Irving wants to leave and cleveland is not going to lose him for nothing. The lakers draft pick would be perfect to get irving. I agree to wait for love, but I believe that it will be tougher than you think to get love. 2015, the phil jackson will have all the money in the world to surround anthony with a winning squad. Don’t fool yourself, anthony is not leaving new york. Phil Jackson is going to look to sign rondo and love. He will possibly sign chandler to the veteran’s minimum to play alongside love and by that time, hardaway will be the starting shooting guard. This will be a monster of a squad if jackson can pull it off. The knicks won’t have amare stoudemire’s contract anymore. That’s 23 million. Bargnani will be gone. That’s another 11 million. They are putting felton on the trading block this season. Lastly, if Phil hires a coach that knows the triangle, he will be going after pau gasol. The lakers are better off trying to do a sign and trade to get chandler.

      • M T

        I don’t even want to argue with you bcz you brought up Kyrie. You are one of those people who are overhyped on him. To all of you people, I ask if you like his defense. That is all, good bye

        • Computer Networking

          First, it’s not that serious. Second, Name me 3 point guards that stops another point guard in the league. Lastly, it’s not about what the people is talking about. It’s about the lakers agenda and what they are going to do. You are just one of the people who haven’t wrapped your brain around that yet. Dueces.

  • Chrmngblly

    If we don’t get Gordon, we ought to trade down. It’s just too iffy at 7.

  • jon

    Draft Marcus smart!!!!!

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