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Rob Pelinka: Lakers Prepared to Embrace NBA Draft Picks in Trades for ‘Proper Deal’

zach bachar Contributor I July 2, 2024 Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is willing to include future draft assets in a trade, but only if the right situation presents itself. “If the right deal comes and we have to put in draft picks, we will,” Pelinka said, according

Rob Pelinka: Lakers Prepared to Embrace NBA Draft Picks in Trades for ‘Proper Deal’

zach bacharContributor IJuly 2, 2024

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Los Angeles Lakers normal supervisor Rob Pelinka is prepared to incorporate future draft property in a commerce, however provided that the fitting scenario presents itself.

“If the fitting deal comes and we’ve got to place in draft picks, we are going to,” Pelinka stated, in keeping with Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

On Tuesday, Buha reported that the Lakers have mentioned trades with the Portland Path Blazers, Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz in latest days.

Pelinka’s plan to be stingy with Los Angeles’ remaining draft picks is difficult to fault, because the Lakers do not have a considerable amount of future property to maneuver in an effort to construct round LeBron James and Anthony Davis. ESPN’s Bobby Marks famous on Tuesday that the staff can solely commerce a most of two future first-round picks in any potential commerce.

The Lakers’ entrance workplace may also have to deal with James’ contract scenario whereas weighing the worth of sure commerce prospects. The NBA’s all-time main scorer declined his $51.4 million participant choice and is eligible to obtain a three-year most contract value $162 million.

Los Angeles’ offseason has been comparatively quiet to date, re-signing wing Max Christie to a four-year, $32 million contract. Pelinka additionally chosen former Tennessee guard Dalton Knecht and former USC guard Bronny James within the 2024 NBA draft.

The Lakers had been reportedly in “critical talks” with Klay Thompson in free company, though the previous Golden State Warriors capturing guard selected to hitch the Dallas Mavericks on a three-year deal value $50 million as a substitute (through ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski).

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If the free agent market dries up, Pelinka could also be extra inclined to half methods with the staff’s future picks in an effort to add complementary gamers and chase a championship with James and Davis.

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