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Mitch Kupchak: Lakers may try to acquire additional first round draft picks

May 17, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Mitch Kupchak AP

It’s no secret that the Lakers need help at every position, after concluding a campaign that saw them struggle to put up 27 wins, the lowest in franchise history since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1960.

By the time the season was finished, there were seemingly random players wearing the purple and gold, the majority of whom will be long gone before next season begins.

The Lakers have just three players signed to guaranteed contracts for the coming season, and this year’s draft appears to be one of the deepest to come along in quite some time. It makes sense, then, that the team may look to acquire additional picks in order to begin to rebuild its roster.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Because of the rookie class’ potential, [Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak] said he may seek acquiring additional first-round draft picks.

“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),” Kupchak said. “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.”

L.A. doesn’t have much to offer in the way of trade, but is slotted for the sixth overall pick in the draft, pending the outcome of Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery. There’s a 21.5 percent chance that pick could move up into the top three, or an extremely minimal chance that it could slip as low as nine.

The position of that pick will determine exactly what Kupchak has to offer, and whether or not he feels it’s in the team’s best interest to move it in exchange for multiple picks later in the draft.

The Lakers will try to attract established star-level players through free agency, both this summer and next, because patience to undergo a lengthy rebuild is nonexistent for one of the league’s most storied franchises. But the draft comes first, and it’s clear Kupchak will be very active leading up to it in doing everything he can to add talent to a depleted Lakers roster.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    With what? They only guys they have under contract is Nash & Kobe and there isn’t a team stupid enough to take those contracts.

    • sportsfan18 - May 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Three is NOT two…

      They have THREE men under contract for this coming season.

      Consult Mr. Google for the third name…

    • felser - May 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Read closer, the idea in the article was to trade down from their draft position.

    • casualcommenter - May 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      …The article answers your question.

      “The position of that pick will determine exactly what Kupchak has to offer, and whether or not he feels it’s in the team’s best interest to move it in exchange for multiple picks later in the draft.”

      They’ll offer to trade down.

    • drewzducks - May 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Sacre bleu…though “God” himself also has a player option for 1.2M, so there are probably 4 committed contracts totaling 35.3M.

    • aboogy123456 - May 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      you understand they just signed kobe to this new contract this past year right? Nothing has changed for them since they signed kobe, so I think it’s dumb to suggest that they would even consider moving him.

  2. kb2408 - May 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Just when I was getting used to two games every other night it all came to a crashing halt!! I’m fiending for playoffs basketball!!

  3. kb2408 - May 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    “Acquire additional picks in order to begin to rebuild it’s roster.” I beg your pardon, sir, all the other teams in the NBA rebuild…the LAKERS reload.

    • billtetley53 - May 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      I’ve been telling you for 2 years and you’re just to dumb to listen. The cba is not going to allow a team to reload on the fly anymore.
      LA has no valuable teade pieces outside of the lottery pick. Free agents for the most part, are going to take max contacts from thier respective teams. Its very rare a guy like Howard moves and takes less $. They cant really do a sign and trade,not with that d league roster.

      LA is going to stink for quite a few more years.

      Why dont you just disappear anyway? July 4th weekend,Im in North Hollywood again, why dont we meet up and settle our differences once and for all? What do you say coward?
      Or are you just going to cower in your West Hollywood “botique” forever?

      • kb2408 - May 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        “Botique” instead of boutique,”Its” instead of It’s and “to dumb” instead of too dumb…and “I’m” the dumb one? Wow! As for wanting to meet me, first of all, you’re not my type. And, furthermore, “we” have no differences to iron out, my friend. Lol, gotta love the fake internet tough guys.

      • stephenlin - May 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        Tetly, what is wrong with you? For someone who I imagine to be old as dirt, you are supremely immature.

      • billtetley53 - May 17, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Add coward to the long list of negative traits you have. Thats ok, youd probably hit me with your purse anyway. Im no onternet tough guy, its wht i want to beat the crap out of you in person, not verbally like i do on here. You have a yellow sreak a mile long. How do you live with yourself?

      • urodaddy07 - May 18, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        Find another past time. This is a blog not a forum forum your unresolved mommy/daddy/I got bullied in school issues. Seek therapy. Seriously

      • ocgunslinger - May 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        @billtetley53 –

        What? Are you the internet tough guy? I suspect you couldn’t do anything more than beat your……keyboard?

  4. mcjon22 - May 17, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Mr. Kupchak, there’s a Gar Forman holding for you on line one

    • ditkasausagebears - May 17, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      top 3 pick for the lakers, bulls could trade both of theirs and a few seconds and maybe a future first. then the bulls can get jabari

  5. 00maltliquor - May 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    BETTER NOT trade down!!!!! F…we’re trading down aren’t we..
    f m l

    • biasedhomer - May 17, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Sixers will give you the Pelicans pick and Thad Young for the Lakers pick

      • 00maltliquor - May 18, 2014 at 3:14 AM

        NO freaking thank you! You can keep that midget PF. I like my starting PFs grabbing a bare minimum of 8 reb. per game.

  6. aboogy123456 - May 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    There are a few teams with two first round draft picks so I could see it if they somehow get the top pick and move down to 4, as long as they can still get Exum. One potential star is much better than two solid first rounders. I think this comment by Kupchak is just him being his normal prudent self, where all options are always on the table.

    • sportsfan18 - May 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      NOT if the POTENTIAL star doesn’t pan out… and that happens a lot…

  7. money2long - May 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the lakers with some nice rookies.
    Obviously someone good In the top 5 would be nice.
    Someone else further down the line that Intrigues me is Aaron Gordon.

    • sdlakerfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Would be great to have his athleticism but no offensive game and shoots less than 50% from the free-throw line. Great multi-position defender. Not really further down the line though – Bleacher report has him at 6 which is Laker’s pre ping-pong ball position.

      I like Randle, Glen Robinson III, Nic Stauskas, James Young, Haven’t seem him much but apparently Zach Levine from UCLA dominated at the combine. Trading down and getting two of Glen Robinson III, Nic Stauskas, and James Young would be a nice draft IMO.

      • money2long - May 18, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        Those names can be good but don’t intrigue me

  8. monkeyhateclean - May 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    They should ask Minny if they’d take their next 10 years worth of picks for Love. He still wouldn’t agree to extend with the broke-a$$ sLakers, but hey, I’d would give someone for Kobe to antagonize until he hangs it up.


    • jollyjoker2 - May 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      I expect love to go to the lakers – he has an ego so he will be there. Minne – well, its minn.

  9. antistratfordian - May 18, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    …like that’s going to help. Maybe if they can trade Jim Buss for some picks…

  10. mutasian - May 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    who wants to trade with them again?

  11. 1historian - May 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Nothing will happen until Wednesday morning at the earliest.

    Lakers – he’s crazy – they are 5 years at least away away from being a contender and are bogged down with Kobe’s contract and a doofus GM.

    Phoenix – possibility.

    Bulls – possibility. If Rose comes back. Thibodeau is a GOOD coach and will get a lot out of Love.

    Knicks – a trainwreck.

    Celtics – good fit. Rumors Ainge is willing to trade their 2014 lottery pick.If they get into the top three all bets are off. Possible #17 pick and the highest of their 2 #1 picks in 2015.

    This is getting good.

    Don’t forget that 2006-2007 the Celts were 24-58. They lost out on a chance to get Oden or Durant, falling to 5. Ainge does some wheeling dealing a little of this and a little of that and the Celts pull off the biggest turnaround in NBA History – 24-58 to NBA Champions. And he has promosed ‘fireworks’ this summer and he was trained by Red Auerbach the best G ever in all of pro sports.

    FYI – BIG SURPRISE – I’m a Celts fan.

  12. 2phatt2 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Dude…First Kupcake and little Jimmy are clueless with draft picks, beside given two 1’s and 2nd round pick for a bust like Nash shows their mindset.

  13. gomybirdsgo - May 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    So this guy is awful. Not even a good troll. But, this one was funny.

  14. mackcarrington - May 17, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    If you need to have those things delivered, then it’s YOU who are the big loser.

  15. sportsfan18 - May 17, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Yes, as a matter of fact I DO know who delivers those things…

    YOU DO…

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