Lakers Rumors: Possible trade packages for the second overall pick

Solenn Plantier
Mai 20, 2017

Whoever the Los Angeles Lakers choose with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (cough, Lonzo Ball, cough) will understandably draw most of the headlines, but the Lakers have other prospects to consider as well. Signing Hayward would allow Boston to keep all of their coveted assets while just giving up cap space to snag him. The Sixers would have to give up their third overall pick, a few of their second-round picks from this year, and maybe a few players, including Jahlil Okafor.

In this Draft, there were plenty of opportunities to get a strong player at the top. Don't give me this idea that the Celtics were hoping to get screwed at Tuesday night's Lottery just because they didn't want to feel obligated to draft 19-year-old point guard Markelle Fultz with the top pick. The Boston Celtics had the best chance to win the lottery, which seems nearly unfair considering the fact they are a #1 seed in this year's playoffs.

The Lakers taking Ball makes sense, as many scouts consider the young guard to be a potential franchise player.

Thomas wouldn't divulge the full nature of their conversations but said Fultz is excited for the possibility of being the top pick and playing in Boston. While there are others, like me, who believe the team can still find that star at six thanks to how deep this Draft is with talent at the top. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.

Not only that, but they would have had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando if that happened, so Johnson was all smiles even after finishing behind the rival Celtics. Boston acquired the Nets' 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the rights to swap in 2017.

Again, the Celtics don't need to make any of those trades. A deal for George or Butler to Boston would make them much better positioned to take down Cleveland in the East, while a George trade to LA would expedite the Lakers rebuild and instantly make them a playoff caliber team.

The Celtics obviously have the ability to sweeten any deal that would include this year's No. 1 overall pick.

On June 22, NY will also be presented with the opportunity to add depth, via two second round picks. And given how bad the Nets will probably be next season, I don't see how that wouldn't be considered an extremely valuable trade chip.

Right now, the Celtics have options.

Numerous top prospects are fully committed and won't be a worry.

The 2017 National Basketball Association draft lottery was held on Tuesday, which means we're that much closer to the National Basketball Association draft on June 22nd.

But I don't want to trade Thomas.

"You trade this pick, because [Markelle Fultz] can not help the Celtics get over the top", Pierce told The Jump.

Whatever the Celtics do, it's a great decision to have to make.

"I think that we're good at what we do", president Phil Jackson confidently stated following the Lottery.

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