It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers have several positions that need some serious addressing this offseason. For most teams, the NBA Draft is a great way to address those concerns. As of late, though, the Lakers have used the draft as a way of filling their D-League roster rather than bringing in capable NBA talent.
Unlike seasons passed, the Lakers are looking to add a contributor through the draft this year rather than a longshot who might never see the floor in the NBA.
Rumors have surfaced that the Lakers are looking to trade up into the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. They are currently in possession of the last pick in the draft (No. 60 overall), a spot that offers little talent or potential.
Although their trade tools are limited, the Lakers would certainly benefit from moving up into the first round. Especially with a number of teams looking to trade down, including the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, the Lakers have several options for procuring a first-round pick.
The Lakers had a first-round pick in their possession before trading it to the Cleveland Cavaliers when they acquired point guard Ramon Sessions. However, now that Sessions has opted out of his 2012-2013 player option, the Lakers could be looking to trade up in hopes of finding their next point guard.
Their sights could also be set on a new small forward. More specifically, the Lakers could be eyeing Baylor forwards Perry Jones or Quincy Miller, who are both expected to go somewhere between No. 15 and No. 30.
With just over a week before the 2012 NBA Draft, don’t be surprised to see the Lakers take several measures to attempt an ascension up the order.