abeer3 wrote:just a technicality, but I'm pretty sure the lakers can't move their pick until it is made. thus, they actually have to make the pick; they can then trade the draft rights of the player for someone. the pick itself can never be traded. again, a technicality, as you can arrange to choose for the trade partner, but that's not exactly what's been stated in this thread.
as for the plan outlined: it's realistic (imo), but it's not a contender. it's a bottom-four playoff team in the west. kobe's extension killed chances at the quick rebuild, which, let's be honest, was a longshot either way.
as for trading the pick: I'm fine either way. if you can get love or rondo by moving the 5th pick, you probably take a shot at it. otherwise, just try to start building up assets again. it's going to be a two year process, at minimum. probably 3 before anyone is scared of the lakers again. one key is not overspending this summer under pressure from kobe.
That is correct. The Lakers cannot trade draft picks in consecutive years due to the Stepien Rule (see Larry Coon FAQ). The rule is easily circumvented though; all Mitch has to do is call teams prior to the draft and ask them what they are willing to give up for the pick. Upon agreement, the Lakers will select a draftee on behalf of the other team, and then promptly trade him. It also mitigates cap impact a bit as the pick will have a dollar salary value attached (something that doesn't happen when the draft order has not been established).
HOWEVER I sure hope Jimmy isn't foolish enough to trade that pick. I am confident that Mitch knows better, but I think Jimmy might be tempted to bring in a short-term answer in order to improve his PR. Given the restrictions of the latest CBA, future champions will most likely be constructed from two high quality free agents plus one or two very good drafted players who are laboring under rookie contracts.