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NBA Draft Rumors: Lakers attempting to trade No. 7 pick

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The Los Angeles Lakers seem aware that finding a franchise talent with the No. 7 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft is rather unlikely.

Add in that they need to appease Kobe Bryant right now and put forth a winning product, they don’t exactly have time to wait for two or three seasons for a rookie to emerge as an NBA talent.

Given all that, the Lakers are shopping their No. 7 selection in the upcoming draft, this according to ESPN’s Chad Ford via Hoopsrumors.

It’s a move the franchise needs to at least explore to see what options are out there. There is no shortage of competition of course as the Boston Celtics, who own the sixth pick and the Sacramento Kings, who own the eighth are all said to have interest in potentially moving their own picks but actually doing so are two completely different animals.

The biggest unknown is what type of player the Lakers could acquire with the pick. We’ve seen in the past that a pick in the same area (No. 5) was pieced together in a pacakge to obtain an in-prime Ray Allen, so it’snot out of the question that Los Angeles could potentially bring in a borderline All-Star with their pick though at this point it’s all speculation.

What we do know though is the Lakers are apparently more than willing to make a move with their first round selection if the right trade comes along.

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  • J Taylor

    Kyrie or Monroe would be good trade catches.

    • RabidSalvation

      You might get Monroe in sign and trade, but Kyrie is unlikely

      • M T

        Neither are good if you like defense. Defense, you know, that other half of the court.

        • Computer Networking

          Kylie would be good. When dealing with point guards, you need a team defensive scheme to go up against their speed. There aren’t any lock down defensive point guards that are out there. Yeah, you have some that are good at steals, but which point guard isn’t decent at steals. If they can get irving, I say trade the pick

  • Marty Susman

    THE LAKERS TOOK SEVERAL YEARS FOR KOBE TO DEVELOP MEANING THEY NEED ANOTHER FUTURE STAR & K. IRVING COULD BE THAT MAN….

    • Computer Networking

      Agreed