The NBA draft lottery is over and the Lakers are lucky to have stayed in the top 3 and retained their pick.
So now the question is, what to do with that pick?
Keep the pick and take either Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons. Those are the pretty much guaranteed top picks for this season and they seem to be almost inseparable as far as talent level and upside go. The Lakers can take either guy and let them build the franchise around one of them along with D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle.
This option ensures another long season, more than likely. As Laker fans we don’t like the prospect of watching another season like the last 2. We want to win and we want to win now!
Trade the pick. But, not just for some role players. You need to get Paul George if this is the option. George is still young and containing Superstar qualities already. Also, he is an LA guy and would likely attract more free agents, because he is not your prototypical “need the ball” arrogant star. That would make the Lakers much more appealing to say Kevin Durant.
By adding George and most likely having to trade Julius Randle as well. We rid ourselves of another 20 win season and Randle who will probably be okay, but appears to be a bit of a headache.
Trade the pick. Instead of going for Paul George, go for a couple of really good role players. I’m trying to think of exactly who, but for the life of me I am drawing a blank. The reason you do this is you upgrade talent at a low cost and you show free agents that you are willing to make the moves to win now.
Durant and other big name free agents would definitely be more interested in signing with the Lakers if the roster was a little more complete. Right now there are only 4 players that I would say absolutely deserve a spot next season. Russell, Clarkson, Randle, and Lou Williams. The rest of the guys need to prove themselves.
Anyways, it will be interesting to see what happens with this pick. The Lakers have always been known to make big splashes to vastly improve teams and Laker Nation is desperate for this again.