Kupchak says first-round trade likely

Kupchak says first-round trade likely

Postby JSM on Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:00 pm

ESPN wrote:The NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will likely unload at least one of their three draft picks.

They have the 29th pick in the first round and the 42nd and 59th picks in the second round of Thursday's draft.

General manager Mitch Kupchak said Wednesday that there was a "better than even likelihood" the team would get rid of its first-round pick.

"There's a lot of interest, absolutely," he said. "Certain teams, they may want to preserve cap space for the next year or two and they may need to add players. A good way to add talent at a fixed price is to have a lot of draft choices and then you can still maintain cap space a year from now."

The Lakers are hopeful they will re-sign Trevor Ariza, Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom, all of whom become unrestricted free agents on July 1. If so, that would bring the roster to the league-minimum 13 players, making it unlikely the team would add another player.

"With our situation, you don't want to draft players that can't make your team because your roster's full," Kupchak said. "So we may look to move or to exchange our draft picks for future picks or whatever we choose to do."
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Re: Kupchak says first-round trade likely

Postby blakeruns on Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:39 pm

JSM wrote:
ESPN wrote:The NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will likely unload at least one of their three draft picks.

They have the 29th pick in the first round and the 42nd and 59th picks in the second round of Thursday's draft.

General manager Mitch Kupchak said Wednesday that there was a "better than even likelihood" the team would get rid of its first-round pick.

"There's a lot of interest, absolutely," he said. "Certain teams, they may want to preserve cap space for the next year or two and they may need to add players. A good way to add talent at a fixed price is to have a lot of draft choices and then you can still maintain cap space a year from now."

The Lakers are hopeful they will re-sign Trevor Ariza, Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom, all of whom become unrestricted free agents on July 1. If so, that would bring the roster to the league-minimum 13 players, making it unlikely the team would add another player.

"With our situation, you don't want to draft players that can't make your team because your roster's full," Kupchak said. "So we may look to move or to exchange our draft picks for future picks or whatever we choose to do."



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Re: Kupchak says first-round trade likely

Postby kray28 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:10 am

There's a rumor on LG (via Yahoo) that says that Mitch has already sold the first round pick (#29) to the Knicks for cash.
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Re: Kupchak says first-round trade likely

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:16 am

For those wondering about us being able to trade the pick, since you can't technically trade first round picks in consecutive years...

Henry Abbott of ESPN's True Hoop wrote:TrueHoop reader Neal asks a fair question:

There are all kinds of reports that the Lakers will trade or sell their first-round pick and yet just the other day I wrote that "NBA rules prohibit trading your first-round pick in consecutive years. The Lakers have traded away their 2008 and 2010 picks. So they have to keep this one."

What's the deal?

Gather around for a little story.

Many years ago, Cleveland owner Ted Stepien (who died in 2007) earned a reputation as one of the worst owners in sports history. The Cavaliers were so bad that David Stern arranged special extra draft picks as an inducement to get new owner Gordon Gund to take over.

What did Stepien do that was so bad? All kinds of stuff, but his main crime was seen as trading away the team's draft picks every year without getting enough in return. It shut off the pipeline of new talent, and condemned the team to mediocrity.

So a new rule was instituted. It's sometimes called "The Ted Stepien Rule." And it says that you have to draft a player in the first round at least every other year.

But surely this rule is ignored all the time. Remember when Phoenix sold its first-round picks year after year? How did they do that?

The answer is that technically the Suns drafted players, and then sold the rights to those players having satisfied the rule by making the pick. The Lakers can do the same thing. By rule, they will have to make a selection this evening with the 29th pick. But then they can trade or sell those draft rights to any team they'd like.

Yes, this renders the rule almost pointless. But it's hard to know how the rule could be written perfectly. Would you force the team to keep the player for a few months? A year? Aren't there too many restrictions on trades already?

So the rule is what it is -- as much as anything, a reminder and warning to owners not to do what Stepien did. As the Lakers are defending champions, and Jerry Buss is seen as one of the best owners in sports, they're certainly at no risk of that.


So if we trade the pick, it won't be until after the selection is made (making that Knicks rumor false).
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Re: Kupchak says first-round trade likely

Postby kray28 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:21 am

JSM wrote:For those wondering about us being able to trade the pick, since you can't technically trade first round picks in consecutive years...

Henry Abbott of ESPN's True Hoop wrote:TrueHoop reader Neal asks a fair question:

There are all kinds of reports that the Lakers will trade or sell their first-round pick and yet just the other day I wrote that "NBA rules prohibit trading your first-round pick in consecutive years. The Lakers have traded away their 2008 and 2010 picks. So they have to keep this one."

What's the deal?

Gather around for a little story.

Many years ago, Cleveland owner Ted Stepien (who died in 2007) earned a reputation as one of the worst owners in sports history. The Cavaliers were so bad that David Stern arranged special extra draft picks as an inducement to get new owner Gordon Gund to take over.

What did Stepien do that was so bad? All kinds of stuff, but his main crime was seen as trading away the team's draft picks every year without getting enough in return. It shut off the pipeline of new talent, and condemned the team to mediocrity.

So a new rule was instituted. It's sometimes called "The Ted Stepien Rule." And it says that you have to draft a player in the first round at least every other year.

But surely this rule is ignored all the time. Remember when Phoenix sold its first-round picks year after year? How did they do that?

The answer is that technically the Suns drafted players, and then sold the rights to those players having satisfied the rule by making the pick. The Lakers can do the same thing. By rule, they will have to make a selection this evening with the 29th pick. But then they can trade or sell those draft rights to any team they'd like.

Yes, this renders the rule almost pointless. But it's hard to know how the rule could be written perfectly. Would you force the team to keep the player for a few months? A year? Aren't there too many restrictions on trades already?

So the rule is what it is -- as much as anything, a reminder and warning to owners not to do what Stepien did. As the Lakers are defending champions, and Jerry Buss is seen as one of the best owners in sports, they're certainly at no risk of that.


So if we trade the pick, it won't be until after the selection is made (making that Knicks rumor false).


Actually nothing stops the Lakers from making an a priori arrangement with the Knicks prior to making a selection. The pick has been sold....the Lakers will draft for the Knicks and sell the rights for cash.
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Re: Kupchak says first-round trade likely

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:31 am

^ I knew it could be agreed to in principle (which it has been), but just didn't think it would be announced this early. And how the article worded the initial report it made it sound like the deal has been finalized and since that technically can't happen until after the pick is made by us, that's why I doubted the validity of it.

But since the trade has gone through and there's a thread on that, I'm locking this one up.
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