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Report: Lakers plan to keep No. 7 pick

Jun 18, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

Julius Randle AP

If the Lakers had lucked out in the lottery and gotten in the top three the reports are they would have shopped the pick hard looking for a veteran. Much like the still-without-a-coach Lakers are looking for a veteran in the big chair, they would prefer veterans in the rotation next to Kobe Bryant.

But they aren’t getting much of a veteran moving the No. 7 pick. There was talk that they might trade down for multiple picks, but teams looking to trade down aren’t getting much traction.

So the Lakers are keeping the pick, reports Dave McMenamin of

Whether the Lakers end up picking (Marcus) Smart, (Julius) Randle, or somebody else, the team is leaning towards keeping their No. 7 pick rather than trading down in order to acquire multiple picks, according to a source with knowledge of their thinking.

While it’s widely believed that there is a gap in the talent available after Kansas’ Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins and Duke’s Jabari Parker go off the board, the Lakers feel there is another gap between the player they have rated 10th versus who they have at 11th and below, so it’s not like they could flip their pick for say Phoenix’s No. 14 and No. 18 picks and still come out in with a player they are totally sold on.

Interesting note about the second drop in talent. There is probably a couple good sleepers farther down the way but those come with risks, the Lakers can get more of a sure thing at seven.

Marcus Smart is not likely to be there when the Lakers pick, I have heard from sources that Orlando likes him at No. 4. Even if that is a smoke screen and the Magic end up taking Dante Exum or someone else it’s not likely Smart falls to seven, a number of teams have been high on him out of workouts.

Randle could be there, as could guys such as Doug McDermott, Nik Stauskas and Aaron Gordon. Randle would be a good addition to the Lakers front line, able to come in and score (and rebound) right away at the NBA level. There are concerns about his defense and his ability to shoot from the outside, but he should at the least be a solid rotation player.

  1. kb2408 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    I’d take both Smart or Gordon over Randle. It’s just something about his game that turns me off. He seems very one dimensional….all left, all the time and no jumper. I guess he could develop in the pros. I also like Dougie Mc. With an outside shot like his he might be able to crack a teams rotation as a rook.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      With Smart, I’d bump my Lakers win total from 28 wins this coming season all the way up to 34 wins.

      With Randle, I’d bump their win total up from 28 wins to 31.

      With Gordon, I might bump their win total from my predicted 28 wins to 29 wins… dude CAN’T shoot

      I agree with you about Dougie too… especially the Lakers rotation…

      Their starting 5 is as follows:

      1 Kobe – for some games
      2 Nash – for some games, less more games than Kobe
      3 #7 draft pick
      4 someone we hardly have heard of
      5 someone we hardly have heard of

      yeah, Dougie could crack the Lakers starting rotation as a rook alright…

      Kobe wouldn’t be cool with Dougie making so many baskets though because that means his scoring average would be good…

      Kobe is gonna be grouch this year… a grouch old man…

      • moseskkim - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        They have kobe Nash and sacre.. They have yet to round out their roster.. How do u predict their win total when they don’t even have 5 players with contracts? Get a clue

      • JHathwell - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        This is trolling, done poorly.

      • imakcds - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        well, it’s quite obvious what dominates your thinking.

      • tjr324 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        dude, you don’t know jack $hit. Your predictions are worthless because you clearly dont know what your talking about. You are not funny at all. And why do you have every sentence separated by line in every one of your posts?

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        27 & 55 folks…

        28 wins would be an IMPROVEMENT for the Lakers this season…

      • ranfan12 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        being 8-9th in the west is more likely than having -30 wins

    • kb2408 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Randle reminds of the late Waymon Tisdale…but I’m not sure he’ll be as good.

  2. cantonb0und13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Knicks would have traded the pick for Deron Williams.

  3. lakerade - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    One more week of speculation…

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    They should keep the pick, their last couple of veteran acquisitions haven’t exactly panned out. And they really do need to stop trying to pacify Kobe and work on their future.

    • sumkat - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Hmmmm….. the Lakers feel there is another gap between the player they have rated 10th versus who they have at 11th

      Is this their way of saying, paging Sam Hinke, Young might not get you from 3-1, but he could get you from 10-7

      To me, I’d want more for Thad Young than to more up from 10-7, but the sixers FO may not agree. If there is a guy they can get at 7 that they think has potential to be a star, or who they think fits perfectly with the trio of MCW/Noel/#3, they may do that. Maybe try to get #7 and a choice to swap picks next year (with some protection) for Young and #10

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        Yeah, I’d want more for Young too. I also wouldn’t mind keeping him as long as he doesn’t cause a problem.

      • tcclark - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        I thought I’d want more for young until i actually thought about it. I thought, what could we possibly get for Thad Young and the Thunders pick at 21(?) came to mind. Thad for a mid-late first seems fair.

        Then I thought, what would we have to give up to move up from 10 to 7? A couple seconds would not be enough, they’d probably need another mid-late first. Since we’d be getting one for Thad Young, ipso facto Thad Young and number 10 is probably market value to move up 3 spots.

        It seems like a lot for three spots, but I think the top 8 is really where the talent is in this draft. There’s a big difference in talent between Julius Randle/Marcus Smart and Gary Harris/Nik Stauskas. I think it would be worth Thad Young to move up into the 2nd tier of players in this draft.

      • sumkat - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        That’s why I mentioned the 7 pick, plus the option to swap 1st round picks next year, with mild protections. So you can point to something else in the deal, even though the Lakers probably finish ahead of the sixers next year, especially with Young

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Add Young to the 2014/15 Lakers and they are oh so close… er what?

        With or without Young, they won’t come within miles of sniffing the West Conf Finals…

        So why get him? It’s rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic folks…

        Get a rookie who will grow with the team as they are in a LONG rebuilding stage right now… and Thaddeus is already 25… no way they’ll contend while he’s still playing…

        Also, the rookie contract is smaller, because you know, that old man is making basically 37% of the cap space by his lonesome…

        27 & 55

      • thatsjustchipper - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:17 AM

        You say Young, at 25, will be done playing by the time the Lakers are ready to contend? But guys like McDermott, at 23, are acceptable pieces to build around???

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:58 AM

        tis called trolling son…

  5. imthedudedude - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    That’s how you predict a win total.. Because they only have 5 players, limited cap space, and one solid pick. Sooo that equals a poor team record.

  6. imthedudedude - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Lakers plan on sucking next year, and the year after. No cap space on TEAMKOBE

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Well, at least one man on here fully understands the gravity of the situation…

      But, fakers out in La La land, where nothing is real, struggle with reality…

  7. 5xchamp24 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    I love my Lakers but that was dumb of them to sign him to that huge contract.Also if Kobe was smart he would have signed for less like LB did to try and team up with another star.

    • JHathwell - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      He took less than the max, same as LeBron did.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:04 AM

        For the past 4 seasons on the Heat, Lebron has averaged $16 million and change for salary each of those four seasons.

        For the next two seasons, Kobe will average $24 million and change…

        You’re not comparing apples to apples and you know that.

        the Lakers could offer Kobe MORE than anyone else, Bird rights etc…

        But keep deluding yourself…

      • JHathwell - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        All I said was he took less than the max, and he did. Same as LeBron.

        It doesn’t matter either way, really. Kobe could have taken the LME and the Lakers are still going nowhere as long as lil jimmy is running things.

    • money2long - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Ok. Way to drum up what people have been talking about already. What new did your comment contribute ?

    • kb2408 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      It’s so easy to say what another man should’ve taken but I wonder how many of us would actually say to our employer, “Nope, I’m not gonna take 250K a year, I’d rather you just pay me 100K…after all, I’ve made plenty of money.” Kobe is worth every penny they gave him. Did you not hear Jennie Buss’s explanation for why she gave him that contract? Say what you want about Jim but Jennie is a smart woman. The LAKERS aren’t worth billions by accident. Kobe has made them more money then they will ever pay him. It is up to management to figure out how to build a team around him. Plus, I don’t recall Kobe demanding 50 million for two years.

      • kinggw - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        She’s not that smart if she was on board with a move that would handicap the team’s ability to add talent. Smart executives do what is best for the team not a player.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:11 AM


        you brought up a very good point sir.

        But, context IS important and should and usually factors into decisions like these.


        Kobe is at the END of his career.

        Kobe has earned just about $300 million from on court salary alone.

        Kobe has earned about $200 million (or so, over $30 million this past year alone) from endorsements in his career.

        Kobe will continue earning millions and millions per year from endrosements AFTER he retires from the NBA.

        So, Kobe has earned approximately a half a BILLION dollars and will continue earning millions and millions.

        Shouldn’t have been difficult, under THOSE circumstances for him to take a bit less.

        Think about Kobe playing for “ONLY” $12 million this season and not $24 million.

        Now, that $12 million could be used on several other players to STRENGTHEN the bench and the rotation for the Lakers to help them WIN.

        $12 million is NOT that important to a man who has earned roughly half a BILLION dollars in his career and will continue earning millions and millions once his NBA playing days are over.

        Everyone has their own priorities though…

  8. 00maltliquor - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    They really weren’t planning on keeping it? I can cook an egg on my forehead right now.

  9. papichulo55 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    In three years, Randle will be considered a steal. Especially if he has the good fortune of learning from Kobe.

    • bdachan12 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      What exactly will he learn from Kobe?

      Randle: Hey man caa

      Bryant: You haven’t earned the right to talk to me.

      • stephenlin - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        @bdachan12, take that narrative with a grain of salt, and look at all the other minor players who have spoken well about playing, developing, and learning from Kobe (e.g., Ariza, CDR, Josh Powell). Kobe has a lot of character flaws, but he respects those who show up to work and play hard.

      • imakcds - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        if you want to identify character flaws in others, you must first look at yourself and your own character. and you should at least know the person rather than knowing only what the media sways you with.

      • kb2408 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        I guess you didn’t hear what Mark Jackson said during the Finals about Tim Duncan not speaking to Tony Parker or Manu their entire rookie years. Some of you dudes can’t wait to bash the guy. Almost two decades of excellence and you’re still clueless.

      • bdachan12 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM


        I guess you missed the part where Parker and Ginobili barely spoke any English.

        “He spoke French mostly,” Duncan said. “I couldn’t understand him. No reason to communicate with him.”

      • kb2408 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        Dude, that’s a load of crap. Mark Jackson CLEARLY stated that Tim didn’t speak to them because he doesn’t speak to any rookies! Tony spoke English when he came here anyway, DA!! Now you’re just blatantly lying…

    • sdlakerfan - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Randle can flat out ball. I think they’d be lucky to get him at 7 and he’ll be considered a steal in one yr.

  10. billtetley53 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Who, who, and who?

    • kb2408 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Hey, bb53, wanna rumble, old man?! Lol…

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        The most anticipated fight since the thought of Pacqiuo vs. Mayweather!
        2408 vs 53…PPV…LET’S DO IT!

      • billtetley53 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Malt, the CS would have to agree to it, but he wont because hes jyst as much a coward offline as he is on here.

        KB, you know what is really lame? Not following through on a bet you lost. You know whats even lamer? Your pathetic attempts at posting.

        You do know there are programs out there to find out where IP adresses originate from dont you? Dont worry, I wouldnt go through the trouble of finding you. Its satisfying enough to me to out you for the pos you are. Youre a pathetic excuse for a human being.

        It would be oh so satisfying to pop you one though.
        It wouldnt faze you anyway, Im sure you get your teeth kicked in on a regular basis in your daily life.

  11. asimonetti88 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    If the Lakers draft McDermott I’m done watching NBA because I’m giving up the Lakers.

    • kb2408 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      What do you have against pure shooting white dudes? I happen to think Doug is going to be a really good pro. Who thought Parsons would be as good as he is? Doggie ain’t Adam Morrison.

      • kb2408 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM


      • sportsfan18 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        Finally, someone who gets it!

        Amen sir.

        Lakers record the past season 27 & 55

        Lakers record past two seasons 72 & 92 (wait, didn’t the Bulls win 72 games in 1 season? It took the Lakers the past two seasons to reach 72 wins?)

        Oh, I’m in a good mood folks, I’ll predict the Lakers to be a .500 team this coming season.

        So, add 41 & 41 to the past two seasons and we’ll have the following three year Lakers record…

        113 & 133 for what will be a 3 yr stretch.

        they won’t be 20 games over .500 in Kobe’s final season either (unless maybe Kobe doesn’t play at all that season) so this means that for a FOUR yr period, the Lakers OVERALL record will be BELOW .500


  12. imakcds - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    I think Randle could provide immediate help, I don’t see a need for Smart, and I think Gordon’s athleticism is off the board.
    I want Gordon, I’d be happy with Randle.

    • stephenlin - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      @imakcds I’m not sure what you’re disagreeing with me about. I’m a fan of Kobe’s, but I think my statement is pretty even-handed.

  13. floreskins - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Completely disagree, not on that they want Smart, but that he won’t be on the board. I think ORL is locked in on Exum. The Jazz won’t take Smart, and I think the Celtics are on Gordon. I think Smart and Randle will both be there for LA.

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