The Los Angeles Lakers hold the seventh pick in the NBA Draft tomorrow night, one of the few times in recent years that we have seen the organization with a lottery pick. They struggled mightily last season, in all aspects of their team; they suffered injuries, didn’t have enough talent, and had various problems with the coaching staff. The team would like to rebuild as quickly as possible, hoping to become a contender before Kobe Bryant retires. But the Lakers need to be patient and should keep the seventh pick, as there is plenty of talent in the draft to choose from.
Rumors have been flying around about the Lakers trying to trade the pick for an established player, but nothing has materialized. Unless they are getting a star player in return, there is truly no need to make a trade. It is unlikely that the team will be able to compete for a title next year, as they just do not have the assets. They have a large sum of money committed to two veteran perimeter players, and still have to fill out the rest of their roster. They don’t have many draft picks in the upcoming years, and should utilize the one they have in a deep draft.
The Lakers can find a quality player, perhaps even a future All-Star with the seventh pick. There are many good players who will still be around, and who can play a key role with the organization going forward. Julius Randle, Marcus Smart and Aaron Gordon all have holes in their game, but also offer the potential to be very good players in the league. There is also the possibility that one of the more well-known names in the draft will fall, as there are just so many talented youngsters to choose from. The Lakers would be wise to hold onto their pick for tomorrow night and see who falls into their lap.