Heading into the 2017-18 NBA regular season, fans of the Los Angeles Lakers had very little reason to look ahead to the 2018 NBA Draft.
The team’s first round pick is owed to the Philadelphia 76ers or the Boston Celtics, regardless of where it falls (Boston receives the pick if it lands 2-5). This is a result of the Steve Nash trade in 2012. The Lakers’ lottery luck helped put off conveying this pick for as long as possible, but despite probably missing the playoffs again, Los Angeles won’t have a lottery pick to show for it.
The Lakers projected to have a measly second round pick via the Denver Nuggets. Then the trade deadline happened. The Lakers acquired a first round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers, putting them back in business with a pick in each round of the 2018 NBA Draft.
As it currently stands, the Lakers would have the 26th and 48th overall picks in June’s NBA Draft. What direction could they go with those picks? Could we see them involved in a trade to shed more salary?
Mike Garcia from Laker Film Room joins Gary and Jacob to break down the Lakers’ options when the 2018 NBA Draft rolls around.
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