With the June 26 NBA Draft quickly approaching, there have already been numerous rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers and their seventh pick. While it was recently reported that the team was leaning toward keeping the pick, it was revealed on Friday night that the team is looking to acquire Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson.
While the Lakers will continue to offer the seventh pick in hopes of quickly rebuilding the franchise into a championship contender, they are pondering whether to draft a power forward or point guard should they keep it according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:
“They are pondering whether to go with a power forward or point guard. They have narrowed their focus to big men Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh or point guards Dante Exum, Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton.”
While Dante Exum will likely be chosen before the Lakers’ pick, all the other prospects will likely be in play and some have even been brought in for second workouts. If the Lakers ultimately decide to keep the pick, Randle and Smart are the frontrunners and should be able to help the team immediately.
However, there are always risks with drafting a young prospect and the Lakers will explore all options to try and put themselves in the best position after their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. Although the Lakers have been in discussions for Thompson, potential scenarios have recently emerged with the Philadelphia 76ers involving Thaddeus Young and possibly Michael Carter-Williams.
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