The Los Angeles Lakers now have zero picks within the 2019 NBA draft. The Lakers beforehand had the No. four choose however traded it as a part of the Anthony Davis commerce. L.A. additionally traded away two future first spherical picks along with their 2019 choice.
The Lakers second-round choose (No. 41) was traded to the Atlanta Hawks which means they now not have a variety in Thursday’s draft. Darius Garland was seen as the favourite to be the No. four choose previous to the Lakers buying and selling away the choose. Now, the Lakers must work out the way to add some extent guard since additionally they traded away Lonzo Ball. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne remarked in regards to the quantity of draft capital that the Lakers traded away to land Davis.
“Gonna be fascinating to see the small print on the Picks LA simply gave NOLA. From what I perceive the Pelicans didn’t need Lakers FRP subsequent yr. However by means of choose swaps they basically have management of the Lakers draft for the following 7 years,” Shelburne tweeted.
Los Angeles is placing all their eggs within the free company basket, and never simply this summer time. Previous to the deal, Davis’ agent Wealthy Paul insisted that Davis can be a free agent after the 2019-20 season regardless of the place he landed. The Lakers are already a heavy favourite to signal Davis to a long-term extension however there’s nonetheless a little bit of danger given it isn’t a performed deal.
Given the Lakers have LeBron James, L.A. is clearly in win-now mode. For the Lakers to construct a real contender round James and Davis, the staff might want to carry out significantly better in free company than they’ve in previous years.
The Pelicans Have an Alternative to Swap Picks With the Lakers in Future Years
The Pelicans could have a chance to swap picks with the Lakers for not less than one of many picks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It’s unclear whether or not there’s a choose swap possibility obtainable for each picks.
As well as, the language within the deal in regards to the future first-round picks consists of the potential of a choose swap that might make the commerce much more advantageous to the Pelicans, league sources mentioned.
It’s nonetheless unclear what the circumstances are (if any) of the longer term picks the Lakers are buying and selling to the Pelicans. We’ll proceed to replace this web page on the longer term picks when extra information turns into obtainable. As Wealthy Eisen identified on Twitter, this commerce is all about immediately and pairing Davis with an All-Star whereas he’s nonetheless in his prime.
“Let’s be sincere. LeBron has 2+1 left on his contract. He doesn’t need no stinkin’ rookies. Draft picks don’t imply squat. LBJ+AD+Kuzma is heckofa trio. And so they erase “dumpster hearth” narrative earlier than July 1 free company. @lakers and Pelinka nailed this. So did Pels,” Eisen tweeted.