Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Trading Players for Draft Picks

As of right now, the Lakers do not have a pick in the 1st round of the upcoming NBA draft. This is a disadvantage for the team roster, but things may change if the Lakers toy with the idea of giving up Metta World Peace for a 1st round pick.

“The Lakers are exploring all kinds of potential deals, having floated every name on the roster this side of Kobe Bryant. They are said to be open to trading Metta World Peace for a late first-rounder…”

World Peace hasn’t been on the front of our recent Lakers rumors this off season, so it is surprising to hear his name being thrown around. But Metta is not the only one who could aid the Lakers’ draft pick situation.

The Lakers might be exploring in the upcoming draft by trading Gasol to the Washington Wizards for the 3rd overall pick. The third overall pick would be a HUGE asset for the team, who wasn’t expected to pick in the first round at all. If they did obtain the third pick, a number of very talented players could be chosen; Austin Rivers (Duke), Harrison Barnes (North Carolina), and Thomas Robinson (Kansas) just to name a few.

Lakers Nation News

Trading Pau Gasol for the Third Draft Pick?

Steve Nash Not Thrilled About Putting On a Lakers Jersey

Madison Square Garden Co. Buys the Great Western Forum

Lakers to Trade World Peace for a 1st Round Draft Pick?

Lakers Bench Support: Lakers Can Win With What They Have

Lakers News

The Ten Best Lakers Draft Picks Since 2000 [OC Register]

Jordan Hill Exceeded Expectations [LA Times]

Lakers Looking for Extreme Value in NBA Draft [Lake Show Life]

NBA Draft…. Coming Soon [Lakers Blog]

Devin Ebanks Shows Promise [LA Times]

NBA News

NBA Stars Without a Ring [OC Register]

Ray Allen Makes Sense For the Heat [The Point Forward]

Anthony Davis Trademarks His Unibrow. Smart, But Weird [ProBasketball Talk]

NBA: Top Unrestricted Free Agents [OC Register]

The 30 Best Plays of the 2012 Playoffs [SLAM Online]

Another Hall of Famer to Heat? [Heat Index Blog]

NBA Fines Amar’e Stoudemire 50K For Twitter Slur [SB Nation]

14 Players Invited to NBA Draft Green Room [CBS Sports]

Player-Metrics [NBA.com]

Steve Nash: Money Will Be An Important Factor in Free Agency [SI.com]

Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist no longer bothered by his stuttering [Yahoo! Sports]

No Chance Dwight Howard Stays in Houston if Traded There [NBA.com]

NBA’s Top 50 Free Agents [OC Register]

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