Dec 13, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) dribbles the ball around Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher (6) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers Trade Rumors: Los Angeles looking to acquire additional first-round pick


The NBA Draft is just around the corner and that has teams looking to see what they can get and how their new additions can make them better. Most teams, if they’re lucky enough to have not traded it away, have one pick in the first-round to mine the incoming young talent but sometimes that’s just not enough.

Mitch Kupchak said this week that while the Lakers have a high lottery pick, the team may look into acquiring a second first-rounder to build up their roster with.

Mark Medina of The Los Angeles Daily News:

We may look to get a pick some other way because we have guys we interviewed who aren’t going to be gone before the second round, but they’ll be around after [our current pick]. You only get so many assets in this league. Draft picks are an asset. There’s cap room, draft picks and players. Those are assets you can use to rebuild a team.”

The Lakers are likely to land one of the top prospects in the draft this year with what may end up being the No. 1 overall pick and at worse the No. 7 pick but that doesn’t seem to be enough. The next question is how would the Lakers go about getting that additional draft pick as outside of Kobe Bryant and possibly Pau Gasol — who is a free agent — the Lakers have little to offer.

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