The Los Angeles Lakers should not have a pick within the 2022 NBA Draft. That might thoroughly change before the festivities wrap on June twenty third.
In line with The Athletic’s John Hollinger, the Lakers have made it known that they’re focused on buying back into the proceedings:
“L.A. has been open about using its remaining money stash (the Lakers can put $4.7 million right into a trade between now and July 1) to purchase its way into the second round, where the Lakers currently should not have a pick.”
The Lakers have that $4.7 million lying around because of their decision to waive DeAndre Jordan on Feb. 28, reasonably than offering a team money to take the veteran center in a trade. (Although, as Hollinger notes, Los Angeles could have conducted a pre-arranged trade that shipped out Jordan and enabled them to purchase a second-round pick with the cash processing after July 1 – when the league’s recent cap 12 months begins — but that scenario would have affected their financial flexibility in 2022-23.)
Either way, the Lakers could be prudent to get entangled on draft night considering their lack of cap space, trade assets, young prospects, and impressive developmental track record. (Jesse Buss, who heads the scouting department and G-League squad is considered a rising star within the front office.)
The Lakers didn’t select within the 2021 NBA Draft after trading their first-rounder within the multi-team Russell Westbrook blockbuster. Yet, they were capable of sign free agent Austin Reaves after the draft (Reaves declined the choice to be picked within the second round, knowing the Lakers were interested). Reaves was a rare vivid spot in 2020-21.
In 2019, the Lakers traded a future pick and money to the Orlando Magic for the forty sixth pick with the intention to nab Klutch client Talen Horton-Tucker.
The Lakers are reportedly interested in guard Izaiah Brockington, who’s projected to be a late second-rounder. Los Angeles recently hosted six late-draft prospects for workouts, and will certainly herald more players in the approaching weeks.
The Lakers parted with their 2022 first-rounder within the Anthony Davis deal. They don’t have a second-rounder because of the 2019 transaction that sent Mo Wagner to the Washington Wizards, which helped clear cap space for the AD acquisition.