Report: Lakers attempted to trade #2 pick for Kings’ two first round picks, package them for Paul George

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After a puzzling trade to really kick off the NBA offseason, it appears as though the Los Angeles Lakers are not ready for a break. According to NBA.com’s David Aldridge, the team engaged in talks with the Sacramento Kings in order to trade down in Thursday’s draft:

According to Aldridge, the Lakers’ plan was to use one of those picks in a package to trade for Paul George. The Kings, however, turned them down:

This is another puzzling attempt by the Lakers. After trading away D’Angelo Russell in a salary dump, most expected that Lonzo Ball’s future as the team’s point guard was set in stone. This report indicates the exact opposite.

Now with fewer assets than they started the offseason with, the Lakers don’t have much to gain from giving up a large number of players and picks to trade for George, who has indicated that he will join them in free agency as a free agent.

The Lakers are likely afraid that another team may trade for George and persuade him to re-sign but they must be wary of overpaying for him.

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