Now that the Kobe Bryant has ended his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Lakers have no choice but to fill the gap left by Kobe. It’s a hugely daunting task for the Lakers.
It’s not an option, the Lakers need to fill that huge holes left by Bryant if they want to get back in good shape for the next season. With the team holding the precious second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, it seems that the Lakers have the chance of getting a better season by next year.
The hiring of Luke Walton as their new head coach is also a smart move for Lakers, Walton did a very good job of leading the Warriors in the absence of their head coach Steve Kerr. Then, there, some rumors that the Lakers are open to trading their top pick in exchange for big names.
Right now, Lakers are in desperate need of front help, they will do everything to get back on the ball game. Lakers would definitely explore any possible options, including trading their top three NBA Draft picks for big names. The goal is simple: to find the right player that could fill the gap left behind by Kobe. It’s pretty tough for now, but for Lakers it’s achievable. They got the deep pockets and hold the second overall pick in the NBA Draft.
The name that has been swirling the web lately is Philadelphia 76ers forward Jahlil Okafor. The Duke University freshman had an impressive debut season of 17.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 50.8 percent shooting per game.
The young rookie has already impressed the Lakers once, so with the Philadelphia player on the trading block, the Lakers may finally get the chance of making it official and have Okafor on Lakers’ court.
Reports are already circling in the web said that Lakers might use their second draft pick and make a trade for Okafor, with their first pick expected to end up with either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. Trading for Okafor will no longer a problem for Lakers because the Philadelphia has already announced their willingness to trade either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel.
The Sixers currently hold the number one overall selection pick for this year’s NBA draft, and that’s the whole reason why they are willing to let go either of the two.
DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is another player that could fill the list of Lakers. Reports said that the team is keen on signing the Raptors shooting guard. DeRozan has made an impressive season with the Raptors, he scored 32 points in the Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. DeRazon will be a free agent by July 1, a good opening for Lakers to get him.
Finally, the third man on the list is Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to Basketball Insider, Durant could be one of the most sough-after free agents this summer , and that there is no guarantee that the Thunder superstar would stay in Oklahoma City Thunder. Of course, it’s still possible that Durant would stay at Oklahoma City, but Durant has offered no details on this matter until now.
When asked about his summer and plans after the Thunder’s loss in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.
“To be honest, I promise you I haven’t thought about that,” Durant told USA Today, via the BasketBall Insiders. “It’s hard to think about that. Especially right now, especially when you’re battling every single day. It’s hard. Give me a couple weeks and talk to me then, but I just don’t know right know, man.”
The 27-year-old power forward is expected to be courted by several teams this summer. These include the Washington Wizards, Miami HEAT, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and even the Golden State Warriors.
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