The Los Angeles Lakers avoided any unlucky occurrence during the 2016 NBA Draft lottery where the Hollywood franchise was able to nab the No. 2 overall pick in the rookie draft set this June. According to the latest NBA rumors, Lakers are now exploring all scenario entering the draft and consider trading the pick for either DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings or Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, if they are on the trading block.
According to Mark Medina, the beat writer for the Lakers for The Orange County Register, Los Angeles management led by general manager Mitch Kupchak, are now evaluating their pre-draft options at this point of the offseason.
The first two options are to get one of the top two prospects in Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons, depending on which player will the Philadelphia 76ers pick as first overall. The third scenario, according to Medina is that the Lakers are considering of trading the pick with the names of Cousins and George mentioned in the NBA rumors.
“Kupchak will always take calls and explore scenarios to expedite the rebuilding process. So, it appears likely the Lakers would at least have discussions with the Sacramento Kings (DeMarcus Cousins) and Indiana Pacers (Paul George), if those teams are looking to part with proven All-Stars,” Medina wrote.
The Cousins or George to Los Angeles trades are NBA rumors for now and Medina claims that the Lakers are thinking twice about any trade for a veteran star if it compromises their young core of Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell.
“This scenario becomes complicated because of the strings attached to any potential deal. As much as the Lakers want to add talented ascending veterans to their roster, they do not want to significantly compromise their young core both because of its potential talent and longevity. Besides, the Lakers can also add veteran talent by using as much as $60 million in salary cap space in free agency,” Medina added.
Should the Los Angeles Lakers continue to explore the NBA rumors linking them to the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins and Indiana Pacers’ George? Should the Lakers trade their No. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and get an established veteran superstar?
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