The NBA draft took place this Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and promised to shake the market during the league’s off-season. The Lakers will be surprised, the board has plans to buy a second round selection.
Even if the Lakers don’t have guaranteed picks, the night promises to be one of the great emotions.
Jabari Smith is the favorite for the top position. Along with them, Holmgreen, Paolo Benchiro and Jaden Ivy are expected to top the list.
Date and place
This Thursday, June 23, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Event starts at 20:30 (Brazil time).
Where to look
Like last year, the NBA draft will be broadcast on ESPN.
1. Orlando Magic
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Houston Rockets
4. Sacramento Kings
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Portland Trail Blazer
8. New Orleans Pelicans (Lakers)
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Washington Wizards
11. New York Knicks
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Clippers)
13. Charlotte Hornets
14. Cleveland Cavaliers
15. Charlotte Hornets (of Pelican)
16. Atlanta Hawks
17. Houston Rockets (from the net)
18. Chicago Bulls
19. Minnesota Timber Wolves
20. San Antonio Spurs (Raptors)
21. Denver Nuggets
22. Memphis Grizzlies (from Jazz)
23. Philadelphia 76ers
24. Milwaukee Box
25. San Antonio Spurs (Celtics)
26. Houston Rockets (Mavericks)
27. Miami Hat
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Memphis Grizzlies
30. Denver Nuggets (from Thunder)
What do the Lakers plan for the NBA Draft?
With a few young men in the squad and no choice, the Lakers will try to negotiate for a second round selection.
The whole question is who would be willing to give up such a choice and at what cost.
As mentioned earlier, the two teams can partner with the Lakers in this negotiation.
Via Lakers Daily:
Jack Fisher of the Bleacher Report has analyzed speculation in the league and noted some teams that may be ready to trade options.
The Lakers are widely known to be looking for a second-round draft pick. Sources said the Hawks (# 44) and Pistons (# 46) have selections that are considered available.
If the Lakers complete a deal with Detroit for the 46th election, they will get a pick in the position in which they were successful.
Three years ago, the board exchanged 46th election rights in this year’s draft, bringing young Tylen Horton Tucker to Los Angeles.
In 2014, the Lakers received their 46th pick from the Washington Wizards, which they used to select Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson quickly became an influential player for the Lakers as a rookie, so much so that he was named to the NBA All-Rocky First Team and won the Best Six Man award last season.
We’ll see what Rob Pelinka and company can do when they move around the 23rd.