Feb 3, 2014; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) leads a fast break as Iowa State Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim (3) looks on at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Iowa State defeated Oklahoma State 98-97 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers Draft Rumors: Lakers plan on keeping 7th pick


The Lakers have long been rumored to be looking to package their 7th draft pick in hopes of bringing in another superstar like Kevin Love or even Kyrie Irving. A combination of a lack of interest and increased interest in draft prospects has led to the Lakers likely hanging onto the pick, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLA.

Whether the Lakers end up picking Smart, Randle, or somebody else, the team is leaning towards keeping their No. 7 pick rather than trading down in order to acquire multiple picks, according to a source with knowledge of their thinking.

While it’s widely believed that there is a gap in the talent available after Kansas’ Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins and Duke’s Jabari Parker go off the board, the Lakers feel there is another gap between the player they have rated 10th versus who they have at 11th and below, so it’s not like they could flip their pick for say Phoenix’s No. 14 and No. 18 picks and still come out in with a player they are totally sold on.

This is great news for Lakers fans who want to see the Lakers rebuild through the draft. With one of the deepest draft classes in years, the Lakers can grab a high-quality player with the seventh pick and have them under control for a low dollar figure for many years.

Who the Lakers are leaning toward drafting, however, is a wide open. After hosting Julius Randle for a workout earlier in the week, the Lakers will be bringing in Marcus Smart for his second workout of the off-season. With the draft nearly a week away, the time is running out for the Lakers to decide.

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  • M T

    Good! Keep that pick and trade for more!

    LA needs to draft Gordon over anyone that’s available. He’s just as good as Smart,
    so they shouldn’t draft Smart bcz they could just find another similar player
    like Lowry and Lance in FA. There is no combo forward like Gordon in FA though.
    Gordon brings DEFENSE from day 1, athleticism, ball handling, passing, a high
    IQ, hustle, rebounding, and good finishing ability…..who doesn’t like that
    unique, amazing blend of skills?

    His shooting isn’t even a concern bcz that’s something that improves over time with
    every player. We can’t expect most 18
    year olds to have and nba jumper. People already compare him to Blake bcz of
    his athleticism, passing, and even looks. People already compare him to Marion
    bcz of his rebounding, hustle, and great defense which is probably the best in
    the draft even though he’s the youngest player in the draft. I would like to
    add in another comparison: Noah. Gordon has great defense, great hustle, grn
    another comparison: Noah. Gordon has great defense, great hustle, great
    rebounding for his size, but he also has a very high IQ, handles the ball as a
    combo forward, and has good passing skills similar to Noah.

    Gordon isn’t a stat sheet guy; he is and will be an under-the-radar impact player. His
    contributions speak for themselves when he had the MOST defensive win shares in
    college as a freshmen AND not only that, but his team had the #1 defense in the
    nation. Gordon will be the all star worthy player that never makes the all star
    game just bcz he doesn’t score 20ppg, but his contributions everywhere else are
    amazing

    • Jedi Mamba

      Nope. We need an impact player that can be a force from the start and has little weaknesses. Randal and Smart both have the talent and smarts to become an immediate impact player in the NBA. In fact, why would we want a guy like Gordon who cannot even hit 50% from the free throw line? All we will be seeing is hack a Gordon towards the end of the games

      • M T

        I already addressed his shooting in my post; please read why it isn’t a major concern. If you don’t think Gordon is an impact player, then you just don’t know enough about him. I don’t care what you have to say, but if you still think that he isn’t a major positive impact, then I won’t bother replying to you.

        • Jedi Mamba

          I don’t know who is comparing him to Blake Griffin because that’s absurd. Blake is a beast and can post up players and Shoot the rock. Gordon is highly overrated and reminds me more of Ben Wallace. A guy that gets boards and does all the scrap work but sucks at free throws and cannot create his own shot.

  • ken

    it believe its going to be Marcus Smart