On Wednesday, Los Agneles Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant addressed the media and expressed his unhappiness with the Lakers’ performance this season.
The Lakers, who have only had Bryant in the lineup six times this season, are 22-42 and are destined for the lottery.
Bryant told reporters he believed the team needed a “culture change.”
Eric Pincus of The Los Angeles Times has laid out a plan for the Lakers to quickly become a contender again and involves trading that lottery pick, which could be a very valuable chip.
Trade the 2014 first-round pick for a veteran (Kevin Love)
A young player may be the better investment, but a young prospect isn’t likely to help propel the Lakers to contender status in Year 1. Equally, a top-five pick could be a valuable trade asset for teams with veteran stars looking for a new home.
Kevin Love can opt out of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves after next season. Given the Timberwolves (32-31) continue to struggle on the wrong side of the playoff bubble, Love may look to relocate after the 2014-15 season.
The Timberwolves have been hesitant to part with Love, but with the Timberwolves about to miss out on the postseason again, they may not have another option.
Plus, adding a player like Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid of the Kansas Jayhawks or Jabari Parker of the Duke Blue Devils could speed up the rebuilding process.
Of course, there’s a much better chance the Lakers don’t wind up in the top three, but there are still other valuable prospects in the draft.