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Mitch Kupchak On Trading Draft Pick: ‘I Think There’s A Possibility’

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The Los Angeles Lakers will have the highest draft pick the franchise has had since selecting Hall of Famer James Worthy back in 1982. The Lakers selected Worthy with the first overall pick out of North Carolina back in 1982 and will likely draft sixth or higher in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft.

On Friday, GM Mitch Kupchak spoke to the media after wrapping up the exit interviews with the players and head coach Mike D’Antoni. Kupchak was asked about whether the Lakers were consider trading their pick in the draft and said the following according Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

Uncertainty surrounds the Lakers franchise after the worst season in the team’s history. Injuries plagued the Lakers for a second straight year resulting in an ugly 27-55 record and the team now having to rebuild with a high draft pick.

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Although the 2014 NBA Draft is considered to be chalk full of talented players like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Dante Exum, the Lakers aren’t a franchise known for practicing patience. The three players mentioned could be potential game-changers for the teams that select them, but there’s no guarantee the Lakers will be able to get one of those players at their draft position.

With that being said, trading the pick for a star player like Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves could be a realistic possibility. The Timberwolves have been reluctant to part ways with Love, but they may be forced to do so before potentially losing him for nothing in the summer of 2015.

Love will likely be the biggest name on the trading block leading up to the NBA trade deadline next season. It remains uncertain whether or not Minnesota would part ways with Love for a draft pick, but if that is the case, the Lakers may show considerable interest.
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  • lakers_824

    I CANT SIMPLY WAIT ANOTHER YEAR trade the pick for kevin love and sign melo or deng for cheap as they both said they dont care about the money they just want to win. We are not gonna get anyone thats going to be superb at the 6th pick and even if we do its gonna take 3 or 4 years to develop that players….dont let the chance slip and get k love to LA mofuckin saapp

    • kookiebuger

      It’s a lottery the pick can land anywhere from #1-#9, why potentially trade an allstar away for Love who can leave in 2015 and has shown that he can’t lead a team since he still never made the playoffs in his 6 years in the league. Why add Melo? The team is already bad defensively this will just make them worse. This team you are imaging will finish at 6th at best but in the West and might even make it to the 2nd round but that’s it, the Lakers need to rebuild in the long run getting a young potentially franchise player maybe even two (2015 1st round pick top 5 protected) and players who will complement that’s what the team should be targeting.

      • lakers_824

        Im a kobe fan first and I want him to get number 6 and if we rebuild like ur saying then it will be too late and kobe will retire. Once kobe retires along with the other old school legends left like duncan, kg, dirk…im probably not going to watch basketball as much as I am right now. So thats why im saying lets reload

        • kookiebuger

          Kobe/my brother is the reason why I’m a Lakers fan but it’s to little to late for Kobe to get ring #6 he’s 35 coming off of a major injury, the front office doesn’t seem to have a plan, and the West is stacked. They can threw out money and risk their future for players like Lowry,Monroe,Love,Melo,etc. but the team will be a 1st/2nd round exit at best. If this was a younger Kobe (30) then it would be a completely different story especially with LeBron and Melo as free agents.

          • lakers_824

            I at least want to see him try instead of just not making playoffs at all in his last 2 years….lets sign some big time player and see what happens…i dont wanna wait and wait and wait DR JERRY BUSS would have definitely reloaded he doesnt care about money…it was a nightmare this season i could barely watch laker games…all my friends bashing and talking shit to me and all i could do is just take it in.

        • comrade24

          I felt like that after Magic retired and then especially after Jordan retired, but then came Kobe, then came Lebron. Then came Durant. The league will remain exciting. I think Jabari Parker is going to be the next big superstar. It will be exciting to watch him develop and hopefully be a Laker someday.

        • LakersFan1953

          Dude, if you are Kobe’s fan, not the Lakers fan, then you have no business here.Kobe will never get another ring. He has the chance to follow T.Dunkan and K.Garnett to take a $ 10 mil. per year deal and help our management to sign some quality players in the next 2 years, but… he has chosen the money over the trophy. So, he will never get another ring. Greedy ass holes don’t deserves it.

          • lakers_824

            If u went into negotiate a contract and the first thing they say is 2 year $48 mill wouldnt you accept that deal. Lakers didnt even start off small and work they way up they flat out said here kobe $48 mill. Im a kobe fan first then laker fan…if it wasnt for kobe i would have never been on lakernation and i will continue to root for lakers but lakers messed up by offering kobe that deal not kobes fault

          • solo14sy

            But does he want to win a sixth ring? If so, his excuse about the owners getting all the money holds no weight with him winning. He needs help and for some reason he’s determined to get what he wants on a team that he doesn’t own nor control.

        • solo14sy

          Kobe’s not getting a 6th ring with the Lakers before his contract ends. I doubt if he plays past twenty years because he has a lot of miles on him.

      • Kameron Kearse

        Ur right

      • oNeDelusion

        Their pick can be 1-3 (21%) or 6-9. No other options. Do your homework.

        • comrade24

          are you sure there’s a 21% chance of us getting 1-3???? that’s encouraging if that’s the case.

        • Mitch (The Pich) Kupchak

          You have picked your username as it shows what a person you are.You have to make your home-works, instead of suggesting others to do that.
          As a 6-th seeded team, the Lakers have exactly 6.3 % chances to win the lottery and up to 8.8% to get the next two pics.As the new lottery system works, there is very big chance, we select at # 6 or # 7. So, there is no 21% chances for us. Milwaukee Bucks, as the worst NBA record has 25% chances to win the lottery.OK?

          • comrade24

            i did check it. we have a 21.5% chance of landing top 3, not a particular pick in the top 3.

          • oNeDelusion

            No comments) xD

          • solo14sy

            The Lakers will get the fifth or sixth pick. Julius Randle or Aaron Gordon will likely be the options at that spot. Jerry West was right, this draft is overrated. They need to trade their pick.

        • kookiebuger

          The Lakers pick will more then likely be at #6, the best case scenario is #1 the worst case is #9 but who knows maybe they will get lucky like the ’93 Magic (Shaq) who got the 1st pick with a 1.5% chance or the ’08 Bulls (Rose) with a 1.7% chance.

    • TheTruthKills

      All those moves would do is feed us to the Clippers, Thunder, Spurs, Rockets, or Warriors in the first round. Is that what you want? We’re rebuilding for the future. Just accept that.

      • Kobe Will Get 6

        Teams in the West are just getting better and better (Thunder, Spurs, Rockets, Clippers, Warriors, Trail Blazers, Suns, and teams like the Grizzlies, Mavericks will always be hovering). Although, I don’t agree with trading the pick for Love, we need to start doing something. The West is not going to wait for the Lakers to rebuild, we can’t just depend on the draft each year, plus we don’t even have a pick next year. The only way to lure in free agents to coming to the Lakers is if the team is in contention, so we need to start doing something soon, hopefully now.

        • TheTruthKills

          We do have a pick next year. It’s top 5 protected. Building for the future doesn’t mean building exclusively through the draft. It means getting the correct pieces in. Pieces that will have us in contention for a decade, not a few years.

        • comrade24

          i agree. if we end up with a high pick and could get someone like Parker, Exum, Wiggins then no way should we trade our pick for Love. The ideal way to get Love would be to get a great draft pick, make some smart FA signings, and have a good showing next season in the playoffs WITHOUT Love. Then, he sees LA as the obvious choice and we don’t have to give up anyone for him. I think Luol Deng would be perfect for us, he is a tenacious defender and can play the 3 and the 4. He’s a solid 2nd or 3rd option on offense.

          • Shannon

            Exactly. You are very smart. We’ve waited 4 years since our last title, this is no time to make rash decisions. Patience is key.

      • comrade24

        I think the Lakers have the chance to “reload” rather than “rebuild” if they make the right choices. The West is pretty stacked, but all these teams are beatable with the right signings. In past years our starting lineup was stacked and the bench was awful. this season our bench was phenomenal and because of injuries the starting lineup suffered. It all hinges on Kobe being Kobe, which i believe he can especially if he has some help around him.

        • TheTruthKills

          The fact that this all hinges on Kobe shows it’s time to rebuild.

          • comrade24

            The key is him staying healthy which means having a capable backup to where Kobe can play 25-35 minutes a night. I think he’s proven that he can adapt his game to remain effective as his age progresses. We’ll just have to see if he can play the majority of an 82 game season

          • kookiebuger

            I don’t think you understand, our franchise is in the hands of a 35 year old (who will be 36 before the season starts) coming off a major injury who basically the whole season, Kobe Bryant. Kobe is going to be rusty since he’s been out for a year and the half and might get hurt again playing in Mike’s fast pace offensive system (just about everybody on the roster got hurt). The Lakers need to face reality and rebuild trading their 2014 1st round pick would be stupid, right now Sacre is the team’s youngest player and future since Nash will retire in 2015 and Kobe will retire in 2016.

          • comrade24

            i understand completely, but this is where we are so we have to move on with this situation in mind. Kobe and Nash aren’t being traded, i don’t think we should trade our pick if it’s top 3 either. Depending on who’s available at the 6th pick i wouldn’t trade it either.

    • Mark Rigney

      If you think Melo or Deng are signing “on the cheap” you’re insane. Kobe wasn’t a top 6 pick by the way.

    • es

      why would carmelo or deng sign for cheap or come to LA to win… be realistic, they’re going to command alot of attention on the free market and go to a team in contention to win now, not here when we’re obviously in a 5 plus yr. rebuilding process

  • lakerfan

    Trade the Pick for Love, Sign Carmelo for cheap, resign Gasol, and bring back key bench players we already have, fire Dumbtoni and just like that Lakers are championship contenders for next season.

    • TheTruthKills

      Why would Melo sign here for cheap when he can get near max money in Houston and Chicago? Also, he’ll have a better chance to win on one of those teams than here.

      • lakerfan

        Melo Stated that he really didn’t care about the money as much, he wants too win. Kobe,Gasol,Love,Melo > Melo,Harden,Dwight

        • TheTruthKills

          We don’t even have the assets to trade for love. Harden and Dwight are already in place.

    • Henry

      Carmelo won’t sign for cheap…KEEP THE PICK.Get Love in free agency 2015…

    • comrade24

      I think Melo either stays in NY or goes to Chicago. I think Chicago would be best for him as their core group is great defensively and needs a primary scorer. I could see Chicago really challenging the East elite if they signed him.

  • Roderick Williams

    Draft pick plus Hill? I think this could work, but first, let’s deal away the coach. Too many on the roster that doesn’t want to play for him any longer.

    • kookiebuger

      You can’t trade a free agent…

    • Josh

      And there’s no way they would take that deal if the Lakers sign Hill to a $15 million contract to match Love (Or $12 million after drafting a player). Can you imagine Jordan Hill being the highest paid player on the team?

    • comrade24

      Lionel Hollins!

  • ShowTime

    …the Lakers aren’t a franchise known for practicing patience…

    What do you mean? How about Kobe? How about Bynum? We won the rings with them.

    Why trade your future for someone who will eventually come in 2015? It’s not like the Lakers trade the draft pick for someone like LeBron or Durant. Not only Love can’t carry his own team, he’s also getting injured a lot lately.

    If this is about helping Kobe gets his 6th ring, just forget it. It became impossible when the FO decided to give Kobe 1/3 of Lakers’ salary cap. Don’t get me wrong, Kobe deserves the contract but don’t expect to get everything. The Lakers won’t be able to assemble a championship team until Kobe’s contract expires.

    The West has A LOT of strong teams. I don’t think it’s a good idea to trade Lakers future just to please Kobe. Think long term!

    • Josh

      Kobe was earning 1/3 of the cap the last time they won the championship. Mitch can assemble a championship team around him again. Just needs some bargain pieces, and a lottery pick will help with that.

      • kookiebuger

        The Lakers currently have no future outside of Sacre (yikes) and maybe their 2014 1st round pick, we all want Love but realistically if we trade for him he might leave especially for a team in much better situation like the Bulls who are a much better defensive team and play in the weak East. The Lakers have cap space but signing Lowry,Monroe, and Melo will make the team a 6th seed team at best and ruin the teams chances of getting Love in 2015.

        • Josh

          None of those guys would sign with the Lakers as “bargain pieces.” I don’t understand why so many people want Monroe and Melo but also want defensive-minded players. I don’t think either of those guys has ever heard of defense.

          I think I want Love, but I’ve never really watched him play, and to be honest, I don’t notice him usually even when the Lakers and Wolves play each other.

          • TheTruthKills

            People just want a quick fix to what’s going to be a long process. Also, all you need to know about Love is that he’s never lead his team to a .500 record. He’s very skilled and a tenacious rebounder, but he’s lacking some intangibles.

          • comrade24

            The only thing Love is lacking is a supporting cast and a purple and gold #42 jersey.

          • Josh

            Don’t you dare consider giving him #42!

          • comrade24

            Wow. typed that one at work! my bad. Guess Mr. Worthy might have something to say about that one lol

      • comrade24

        the problem is he was 5 years younger then. We won’t really know what Kobe has left in the tank until October

      • Kenneth Simkins

        Kelly and Bazemore have good potential too plus our 1st and 2nd draft picks! That’s 5 young players right there! Sacre,Bazemore and Kelly will make great role players in time as we develop them! We could get Henry and Johnson maybe with cheaper contracts also! Young, Hill and Meeks would be good signings also but it all depends on who we get on the free agent market! We already have Marshall for one more year on a cheap contract! Plus we have a shot at getting Farmar back!

        I’m hoping we get the top pick by a miracle so we can draft Parker as our future star and in the 2nd round draft a gaurd named Sivic who is a great pure point gaurd!

        • Josh

          I like your enthusiasm for the summer and next season. The team only has a first-round pick this summer. I’m not a big fan of Henry or Johnson, and I think Hill will be massively overpaid somewhere else, but I really like the opportunities the Lakers have for a quick rebuild this offseason. They can put a team together than can at least get to the second round next year, and still have room to make moves next summer to give Kobe his last shot at #6.

  • purp& goldpride

    If we land lower than top 4 , then I’d trade the pick..but if we can get parker, embiid, exum, then I’d keep them

    • Josh

      You might as well say lower than top 3, because 4th is not possible.

  • TheTruthKills

    Why are people so obsessed with going all in now? All we’d really be doing is putting off the rebuild to satisfy your delusions. Whether it be Deng, Melo, Monroe, Love (who could still leave next summer), Lowry, or what ever combination you can come up with those players it won’t be enough to win a championship. We’d do all that for a second round exit at best and once Kobe is gone we’re right back where we are now: Slumming at the bottom and feeding off the scraps of yesteryear.

    We’re in rebuild mode. Might as well accept it now. And if you don’t like it then find another team.

    • truthThis

      Nothing guarantees draft will produce star nba players …this year is good and we sucked but the LA market the Lakers sucking for 4-5 yrs it’s not gonna fly so all you wanna be gm’s sit back and let Mitch do what Jerry West taught him !

      • Swagzilla

        That’s a double edge sword theirs no guarantee if the Lakers do trade their pick for Love that he will stay, especially if the Bulls is one of the teams he listed and are in much better situation then the Lakers. If Melo doesn’t go to Chicago and Rose plays at an elite level then their goes the Lakers future and potential all star.

      • TheTruthKills

        There’s no guarantee that Love would even stay if he was traded here. Is that worth losing more than 1 draft pick? You need to look at the bigger picture. And if you can’t take a few down years then maybe you should find a new team. I hate to tell you this, but it’s going to take at least 4 years for us to get back to being perennial championship contenders. If that’s too much for you then you should go.

  • Mark Webber

    What’s up with Mitch’s hands? I just noticed this. Has he had this issue for a while now?

  • Matt

    The Lakers must keep the draft pick don’t trade it.

  • Matt

    Dante Exum will drop to #6 where the Lakers pick NBA Draft Net projected that since the teams picking ahead of the Lakers have a good Point Guad alredy and only the Orlando Magic need a Point Guard and they have been in love with Marcus Smart since last year so they will go that route and leave Exum for the Lakers.

    • comrade24

      they may like Smart but i doubt they would pick Smart over Exum. That said, i wouldn’t mind Marcus Smart at all for the Lakers. His draft stock would be a lot higher if the incident with the fan didn’t happen and who knows what was said there. It is Oklahoma. The guy could have said something racist and then I don’t blame Smart one bit.

    • Shannon

      Nah I think the Magic want to screw the Lakers over and would pick Exum if given the chance.

  • Kevin

    The Lakers need to evelop their own supersrat to build a identity like other great teams have.Stealing other talent from other teams is just bland and lazy.

  • Kevin

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  • Brad

    Lets just keep the pick this draft is loaded and stacked at the top.

  • Lewis Mr. Crazy Larry

    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak never ever said the Lakers would trade their draft pick for anyone he just said it’s posible and that is to leave all options open.He could have said highly unlikely that would sounded better to te fans of course.Mitch also said their are maybe 10 elte players in this draft.So chill out this draft pick will stay and Dante Exum will be on the Lakers in 2014 book it and order a Exum Lakers jersey.

    • yolonda bell

      I hope youre right.

  • Ventura

    The Lakers must keep this pick unless they are planning on getting Durant back.

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    I say keep the pic!

  • God Chri$$$

    The only way i can see them do it is if we got melo in F/A. Get melo. Trade the pick for K-Love. Retain Gasol. Have a core 5 of Marshal, kobe, Melo, Love, Gasol. Allows Gasol to go back to his true position at center. Deadly starting 5. Keep Young, pick up a few good role players, and we’re back to be a championship contender.

    • God Chri$$$

      Damn you should be a GM.

      • God Chri$$$

        I know right, lol thanks

        • Swagzilla

          Congrats on putting together the worst defensive team in the league/West.

    • comrade24

      They’ll score 150 points a game and give up 160.

  • Chippaz

    Why trade a pick for someone you can get in free agency. That’s just plain stupid, you don’t see Boston trying to trade picks for Gordon Hayward. Building a team with 2 stars or getting 1 that you’ll get anyway if you just wait. It’s about the future if you trade it, do it for a young star like Anthony Davis whose locked up for a few years.

  • Sti1lmatic

    Trade our Draft pick for Rondo

  • yolonda bell

    Come on Mitch, say it ain’t so! I agree with those who point back to Dwight Howard, but let’s re-visit it. You trade the draft pick for Kevin Love and in 2015, Love becomes a free agent. Yeah, he grew up in California, his parents had him here and all that, but now that he’s a free agent, he decides to go to New York, or he decides he has a better chance of a championship in Chicago. Now, where are we in the scheme of things? (1) We don’t have Love (2) We don’t have our draft pick. There is absolutely no guarantee that K Love will stay in Minn., nor is there a guarantee that he will come to L.A. Please wait until he becomes a free agent and try like everything to lure him but don’t give up a sure thing for a “maybe”, that’s too risky, and once again, I point you to Dwight Howard — we didn’t trade hin banking on the premise that he would stay here, even begged him to stay — and he bolted like a spooked horse and we ended up with nothing!

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    I’d rather draft exum(lottery pick) sign Melo(3yr 18mil) Bosh(2yr 12 mil)& Isaiah Thomas(sac)! Resign Gasol! draft Adriene Payne(own pick)! Resign Nick, Bazemore, Hill, Henry, Kaman, Jordan

    Starting 5: Exum,Kobe,Melo,Bosh,Pau
    Bench:Nash,Bazemore,Nick,Hill,Kaman,Thomas,Henry,Sacre,Payne&Farmar

    Contenders AGAIN

    • Nalin Shukla

      Ummm melo gets 24 a year what makes you think he would take 18 for 3 years? He’s not signing anywhere for less then 20/year lala wouldn’t allow it

      • imbwar

        Exactly, hell Lala makes damn near that a year…

    • TheTruthKills

      Lol at 3yrs 18 mil for melo and 2 yr 12 mil for Bosh. Stop trolling.

    • karasoon4

      And how did you magically attain 2 picks in this year’s draft? Pick one….it’s either exum or payne.

    • comrade24

      You really think Bosh and Melo would take 6 mil a year? lol

  • Frnk Sinatra

    Mitch would never trade a lottery pick for a player that could leave after one season via free agency Love could land here anyway

    • Nalin Shukla

      He did with Dwight

      • comrade24

        fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice…

      • Shannon

        That’s cause he also got Steve Nash and was trying to win that season right away. It was a good look at the time it just didn’t work out in the end. Mitch won’t do something so foolish twice.

  • ersliva

    exum should be the only player they want from this years draft…with that said if they cant get him….I say trade the pick to boston along with nash,sacres and Kelly for rondo and sullinger….and worry about love mid season or next summer at free agency….and let him see that having gasol/Bryant and rondo as teammates would be the way to go….specially with a trade like this would put the lakers back into the title hunt this coming season

    • Swagzilla

      1.Kobe,Nash,and Sacre are the only players guranteed to return, the Lakers 1st have to re-sign Kelly before trading him
      2.Rondo wouldn’t make the Lakers contenders, he can’t spread the floor and playing in the stacked West is a problem
      3. Having 2 ball dominant players on the team sounds like a plan for disaster
      4.Stop your whining and let the team rebuild

      • ersliva

        actually the lakers can trade Kelly since they own the rights to him even though hes not under contract next year but also hes still under his old contract till august or September also…you forget rondo worked well with allen,pierce and garnett in boston and only became more ball controlling due to the team getting worse….furthermore rondo would create more shots for the others because he will draw constant attention….as for whinning stop praying young will be great….because he wont….hes just a gunner who cant defend…thusly a typical d’antoni type player…lol

    • comrade24

      1. Jabari Parker is going to be the real prize of this draft. Watch and wait.

      2. no way Boston would ever go for that. we don’t want to pay Nash $10 mil to warm the bench, why would Boston? Nash is untradeable.

  • Darren

    Your going to have to pick melo they need a star after Kobe is gone

  • Jackal

    - I’m assuming we’re gonna get lucky and land the 3rd pick. With that pick, we’ll draft Andrew Wiggins (assuming Philly pick 4th)
    PG: Jordan Farmar (3M)
    SG: Kobe Bryant (23.5M)
    SF: Andrew Wiggins (3.7M)
    PF: Jordan Hill (6M)
    C: Emeka Okafor (5M)
    6: Nick Young (4M)
    7: Steve Nash (9.7M) (Will play in max 60 games, 18-20 mins)
    8: Ryan Kelly (1.1M)
    9: Wesley Johnson (min at 1.1M)
    10: Robert Sacre (.9M)
    11: Xavier Henry (min at 1.1M)
    12: Russ Smith (min at .5M)
    13: Shawne Williams (min at 1.2M)
    14: Shavlik Randdolph (min at 1.3M)
    Total Salary: $ 62.1 million
    - The starting unit will run a methodical offense at a moderate pace, and will use backdoor cuts and high post action. Defensively, the unit will be able to hide Kobe on D and Okafor will provide the rim protection we need. The other 3 are very capable defenders, esp. Wiggins
    - The second unit will employ a high octane offense like this years’, with Swaggy P leading the charge. Defensively, the unit has enough athletes to keep up with opposing offenses with plenty of matchup versatility.

  • vdogg

    you “fans” are ridiculous. ‘if the pick is not in the top 3, trade it for kevin love.’ even if the pick IS in the top three, minnesota isn’t stupid. they’re probably going to ask for more than just a draft pick for love and it would be foolish to trade for love now. the lakers need to hold on to this draft pick no matter what number it ends up being. this team needs all the talent it can acquire. say you DO somehow trade the pick of love.. there is no guarantee he stays a laker (didn’t we just go through this with dwight?) and love and kobe might not even get you to the playoffs next year. the lakers need to play for two years from now. draft a young player — hopefully exum — and season him for a year before going ‘all in’ in free agency in 2015.

  • Jonok28

    If the Lakers miss out on a top 4 pick ( Embiid, Wiggins, Parker, Exum) they will trade the pick, They want to win now desperately which is why they will tempt teams like the Timberwolves to part with Love as they will have a borderline franchise player with the Lakers pick along with the players used to make the deal work, The best case scenario in my opinion is if the Lakers get one of the top 4 players most likely Exum, they make a run for Lance Stephenson who could be got for $10m which is a cheaper younger and almost as good version of Deng, Exum Stephenson in the back court gives the Lakers a whole new dimension as they will have two young fast players running the ball up the floor, Kobe will play at Small forward and won’t be asked to run back as much given that Stephenson and Exum will be the first players down the floor on every possession, for this season the Lakers should sign Okafor as a rim protector and he could be got for a reasonable price given his injury this season, I also think Carlos Boozer will be amnestied by the bulls as Taj Gibson is a cheaper younger alternative who is playing well, If Boozer is amniestied the Lakers sign him to a year deal and wait til 2015 to get Kevin Love.

    C Okafor
    PF Boozer
    SF Bryant
    SG Stephenson
    PG Exum

  • comrade24

    It all depends on where we land in the draft. If we have a chance to draft Wiggins, Parker, Exum, or Embiid then trading the pick would not make sense. If these players aren’t available and they have the ability (somehow) to trade the pick for Kevin Love then go for it. I think signing Luol Deng is the most important thing we can do this offseason (well, that and hiring the right coach). We can rebuild quickly if the FO makes smart decisions and has a little luck.

  • Thomas Torres

    KLove in a Second!!!

  • Raymond Beltran

    For a first time, since the team moved to L.A. we will have the chance to draft from 1-3 seed and from 6-9 seed and to trade this pik for anyone is big mistake. Kevin Love can opt-out from his contract in 2015 and sign with the Lakers, if he really wants to play here.Anyway, the next season we can not do much better. We have to keep our 1-st round pic, no matter at what seed we draft and develop him into an all-star player in 1-2 years. The Lakers are in very big need to find some quality players for starters at point guard, small forward and power forward. This season we can sign free agents Kyle Lowry and Luol Deng for reasonable prices and add Arizona’s PF Aaron Gordon from the draft. That will be good enough for the off-season. Next summer, K.Love can sign a maximum deal with the Lakers and in 2016 we can add K.Irwing or K.Durant.
    A starting 5: Lowry, Bryant, Deng, Gordon and J.Hill with bench of Farmar, Meeks, Young, Kelly and Okafor is a playoff team and can go very deep, depending who is the coach for the next season.

  • David Acimovic

    Don’t trade NO.1 draft pick, we don’t need another older player, get a good, healthy rookie and the Laker’s will be able to win a championship

  • andrew

    trade draft pick for kyrie irving

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