Lakers Notes: Draft, Free Agency, Russell Westbrook

The Lakers don’t have any draft picks, but GM Rob Pelinka said he would love to change that.Rob Pelinka Darvin Ham

“It would be a goal for us to somehow get in the second round to get a young player that we can develop,” Pelinka said, via Jacob Rude of SB Nation. “We’ve had great success if you look at our draft history and the guys we’ve drafted and developed and we think we can do it again in 2022 if we can pull off a trade to get a pick.”

It seems highly unlikely that the Lakers will be able to land a pick any higher than the second round, given that they don’t have a lot of tradeable assets. But should they attempt to get into the first round, several teams are reportedly open to moving their picks. As we’ve relayed, the list includes the Kings (No. 4 overall), Trail Blazers (No. 7), Pelicans (No. 8) and Nuggets (Nos. 21 and 30).

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