While most of the headlines surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers in recent hours and days has been regarding Paul George, it appears the Lakers are dealing elsewhere.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, the Lakers have been looking to acquire another first-round draft pick.
The Lakers have engaged at least two other teams in the lottery, sources said, as they search for players to improve their outside shooting and perimeter defense.
The holes are aplenty in the Lakers’ roster with a mismatch roster of sorts. Without much outside shooting and one of the league’s worst defenses last season, it makes sense that the Lakers are looking to move up in the draft into the lottery range.
Shelburne also noted that the Lakers don’t appear likely to move out of the second spot after reports earlier in the week suggested they had fielded calls in regards to the second pick.
Los Angeles holds both the second and 28th picks in this year’s draft. While their have been inquires on the No. 2 pick, sources said it remains unlikely the Lakers would trade out of that position.
If the Lakers are looking to move up, it would likely involved a package including the No. 28 pick and a player. Jordan Clarkson is an oft-mentioned name when trade discussions start while players like Larry Nance or possibly even Tarik Black could be packaged to move up in the draft.