The Los Angeles Lakers are open to the idea of moving their top-3 protected draft pick for a superstar this offseason, according to sources close to the organization.
Remember, there is a 44% chance Lakers don’t keep their top-3 pick. They have a 20% chance to secure the No. 1 overall pick. According to Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports 1, the Purple & Gold will trade the pick even if they win the NBA Draft Lottery on May 17.
“I’ve now been told by two separate sources, even if the Lakers get the No. 1 pick they’re trading it. They don’t want to rebuild anymore. They want to get a star NBA player. They will call teams if they get the No. 1 pick and shop it around the league,” Cowherd said during The Herd on Tuesday.
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If we survey the league, there are quite a few superstars who could be shopped around this summer. There are murmurs that Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers are looking to blow up their squads. If that were to happen, the likes of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and James Harden could be made available.
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Also, Chicago Bulls are looking to push the reset button under second-year coach Fred Hoiberg. Should Lakers trade the top-3 pick for Jimmy Butler? There’s a strong possibility that Bulls could trade both Butler and Derrick Rose, besides letting Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol in free agency. By shopping Butler and Rose, Bulls could potentially add a few up-and-coming superstar pieces.
Lakers fan site Silver & Screen Roll reckons that a player like Ben Simmons could help a franchise change their fortunes overnight. “It’s worth considering what that could mean for the Lakers, though. Should they fall their way up into the top pick of the draft and land the opportunity to take Ben Simmons, who’s widely-considered the top prospect joining the NBA, he’d be an enticing trade chip for any franchise looking to go in a new direction.”
Should the Lakers trade the draft pick? We’re just two weeks away from the Draft Lottery.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 3, 2016