Do the Lakers have any means to climb in the draft? If so, to what end?
The top three players in the June 26 draft are projected to be center Joel Embiid and forward
The Lakers can offer a first-round pick of their own for the 2019 draft. The only players the Lakers can offer in trade in June are
Sacre and Marshall have minimum salaries and aren't huge draws in trade. Nash can barely play because of back problems, and the Lakers won't deal Bryant.
Simply put, the Lakers do not have much to offer any of the six teams ahead of them.
The closest possible match would be the Bucks, who might be willing to dump center
Sanders missed much of the last season, starting with a bar fight that led to a thumb injury, but when healthy, he's one of the better defensive centers in the league.
If the Bucks, who are under new ownership, made such a trade, they would be acknowledging the Sanders extension was a significant mistake.
The Sixers might be interested in trading their pick at No. 10 (acquired from the
The Lakers also don't have much to entice the Cavaliers to swap picks.
The next tier of players includes Australian point guard Dante Exum, Oklahoma State guard
With the seventh pick, the Lakers should have their choice between two players of the listed five -- although the team may have a different ranking on its own draft board.
If the goal is to move up, the
Other teams looking to nab a pick ahead of the Lakers may have more to offer than a future first-rounder, some five years down the line.
Additionally, the Lakers would need a compelling reason to give up yet another pick, just to move up a spot or two. The team's 2015 pick will go to the
The Lakers' best chance to move up was the draft lottery, but the ping-pong balls didn't land favorably.