Lakers acquire 35th pick in trade with Orlando – KXAN Austin
by: GREG BEACHAM, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers will be eligible to enter the NBA draft after acquiring the 35th overall pick from the Orlando Magic for cash and a future second-round selection, The Associated told Press two people who know about the deal.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity on Thursday because the sales call had not ended.
The deal allows the Lakers to return to the draft after the club traded their two picks. Los Angeles’ eighth overall pick belongs to New Orleans as part of Anthony Davis’ gigantic Pelicans trade haul, while the Lakers’ second-round pick was traded in the same multi-team deal to Washington before finally ending up with San Antonio.
Orlando still holds the first and 32nd overall selections in Thursday’s draft.
The Lakers’ perpetual win-now mentality around LeBron James has left them without control of their own first-round pick for the fourth straight season, but their acquisition of that lofty second-round pick will allow their strong scouting department to help. this quest.
The franchise has a solid record of selecting good players and signing quality undrafted talent over the past decade despite meager draft resources. The Lakers have picked up Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac, Talen Horton-Tucker, Alex Caruso, Svi Mykhailiuk and Austin Reaves in the lower reaches of the draft pools for the past six years.
Los Angeles needs roster depth at low cost after finishing 33-49 and missing the play-in tournament this year. If Russell Westbrook exercises his $47 million player option, the Lakers will be above the salary cap of their commitments to James, Davis and Westbrook alone.
AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.
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