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.