Press Enterprise: Lakers draft tidbits

Press Enterprise: Lakers draft tidbits

Postby JSM on Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:09 am

Jeff Eisenberg of the Press Enterprise Blog wrote:

Couple more pieces of information regarding the Lakers draft as Thursday gets closer ...

* I'm hearing from sources that it's 50-50 that the Lakers trade their first-round pick either to move down in the draft or to acquire a future pick. Mitch Kupchak acknowledged last week they were actively seeking trade partners for the No. 29 pick because the Lakers lack room both on their roster and under the salary cap for another guaranteed contract.

* Kupchak insisted that if the Lakers do keep the No. 29 pick, they are likely to draft an international player whom they can stash in Europe for a year or two so he doesn't count against next year's salary cap. Well, that certainly may be true, but that hasn't stopped the Lakers from at least doing their homework on some college guys who may be available at the end of the first round.

Wayne Ellington, the sweet-shooting 21-year-old guard who led North Carolina to the national title, was one of several guards who worked out for the Lakers on Monday. And high-scoring LSU guard Marcus Thornton, the SEC player of the year last season as a freshman, worked out last week for the Lakers the morning of their championship parade.

* It's next to impossible to predict what the Lakers might do with the 42nd pick, but two guys who they've worked out recently are Australian forward Joe Ingles and former St Josephs forward Ahmad Nivins. Both their agents believe their clients could be snapped up by 42, but most mock drafts suggest they may last until at least the middle of the second round
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