The Lakers had little incentive to make any moves by Thursday's
It shouldn't be surprising. They wanted to keep their draft picks, particularly the top-five protected one they originally owed Phoenix for
They would have done something if it dramatically improved their team for more than just two months, but nothing materialized because of their limited trade pieces.
"It didn't really seem that anything was going to happen," Lakers Coach
The Lakers (13-40) own the league's fourth-worst record and might slip even further. They've lost their last six games, 15 of their last 16, and currently hold an 11.9% chance at landing the top draft pick at the May 19 lottery.
New York has the NBA's worst record (10-43) and a 25% chance at the top pick, followed by Minnesota (11-42, 19.9%) and Philadelphia (12-41, 15.6%).
Okafor, the freshman center at Duke, is the draft's top prospect at this point. Other high picks include Kentucky big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein, as well as point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who has opted not to play in college.
The Lakers also own Houston's first-round pick as part of the
They need as many picks as possible in the June 25 draft. Free agency begins the following week in July.
"I think we need pieces at every position," Scott said. "That's obviously a question mark with
The Lakers have 29 games to see how rookie Jordan Clarkson holds up at point guard, the results not too bad so far — 13.4 points and 3.8 assists in 10 games as a starter.
They'll also continue to evaluate Hill for their future plans. They are leaning toward exercising a $9-million team option to re-sign the 27-year-old center, who practiced Thursday after missing five games because of a hip injury.
Beyond that, several players have contracts that expire at the end of June, including Carlos Boozer, Lin,
In a minor note, Phoenix traded the top-five protected pick the Lakers owed them to Philadelphia as part of numerous deals the
When: 7:30 p.m PST, Friday.
Where: Staples Center.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 13-40;
Record vs. Nets (2013-14): 1-1.
Update: Despite its ugly record, Brooklyn is only one game out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Nets traded