With the draft only a few days away, it appears that the Lakers are looking to add another first round pick to help add quality depth to the team with some kind of upside. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports that the Lakers are indeed trying to add another pick in the first round that is likely going to be above 28:
The Lakers have engaged at least two other teams in the lottery, sources said, as they search for players to improve their outside shooting and perimeter defense.
In the modern NBA, those 2 skills, perimeter defense and shooting, are immensely important to thrive. The Lakers have lacked depth at both of those skills so it comes as no surprise that the Lakers are targeting players that specialize in these areas. OG Anunoby and Zach Collins are both players that can potentially match the criteria as they can provide defensive versatility and floor spacing.
The Lakers already have the 28th pick in this draft and it appears that they are not willing to include their #2 pick in these trade talks as Ramona Shelburne continues:
Los Angeles holds both the second and 28th picks in this year’s draft. While their have been inquires on the No. 2 pick, sources said it remains unlikely the Lakers would trade out of that position.
Zach Collins is coming in for a workout tomorrow and it may appear that these talks may be linked to his visit. Either way, the Lakers front office is showing very promising signs of being willing to build through the draft not only to acquire top tier talent, but also position depth on clear needs that the Lakers currently have. Addressing them with lottery-ish talent is the proper way to go about things as it may lead to finding a diamond in the rough or a player that is pretty good.
The Lakers could certainly use those.