"We're very happy to have D'Angelo be a Laker," said Kupchak. "[There were] a lot of good players in this draft. We felt he, at No. 2, was a player we couldn't pass on."
While Okafor is a talented, 6-foot-11 inside scorer, the Lakers went with the 6-foot-5 playmaking shooter.
The decision wasn't necessarily based on changes in the
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The Lakers still have the34th picks in the draft, but presumably will need to find size in free agency, where the team could have about $22 million in spending power.
"There are lot of big men that may be available during free agency," said Kupchak.
Options may include