The Lakers and Pacers have agreed to a deal to swap second-round picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Lakers are landing the No. 40 pick from the Pacers, in exchange for the No. 47 pick and cash, Wojnarowski reported.
Why the Lakers GM Rob Pelinka is moving up remains to be seen, but LA clearly has someone on its draft board that is expected to fall in the Nos. 40-45 range that the franchise really likes.
The Lakers now own picks Nos. 17 and 40, while the Pacers remain at four picks — Nos. 7, 26, 47 and 55.
This marks the second trade for the Pacers ahead of Thursday’s draft. They also orchestrated an exchange of picks with the world-champion Nuggets, as we relayed here.
The Lakers now own Nos. 17 and 40 on the draft board tonight. They made a move up a board that's believed to have some real second-round value. The Pacers hold four picks tonight, including Nos. 7, 26, 47 and 55. https://t.co/ixRKyUd3dI
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 22, 2023