Intrigue and trade rumors abound ahead of tonight’s NBA draft. The draft this year has extra importance for Lakers fans as the franchise looks to rebuild with a seventh draft pick in the first round after a dismal 2013-2014 season. Of course, a draft pick is never just a draft pick, and several other options are available to the Lakers: the team could trade it for a few mid- to late first-round picks, for instance, or for a veteran player. A source close to the Lakers told the LA Daily News that the team is “open to anything.”
The draft is just step one in the Lakers’ rebuilding campaign. Free-agency period starts on July 1 and two of the league’s most sought-after players—LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony—have opted out of their existing contracts. Multiple teams, including the Lakers, are looking at ways to add the two superstars to their rosters.
Kevin Arnovitz, NBA editor for ESPN.com