The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to stockpile first-round picks they can send to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George. They acquired the No. 27 pick from the Brooklyn Nets in the D'Angelo Russell trade, but the Pacers insisted on getting a top 10 pick.
Los Angeles does not want to give up their position at the top of the draft, so they offered the No. 2 pick to the Sacramento Kings for the No. 5 and No. 10 picks, but were turned down, according to TNT's David Aldridge.
Lakers, per sources, engaged Sacramento in talks that would have sent the 2nd pick to the Kings for Sac’s two 1st-rounders (5 and 10) (1/2)— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 21, 2017
Lakers would have then packaged one of the Kings’ picks w/27 & 28 along w/player in offer to Indy for Paul George. But Kings said no (2/2).— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 21, 2017
The Pacers are known to want the No. 2 pick from the Lakers, and they don't seem to be willing to accept any packages from the Lakers that don't include that selection. The Clippers, Wizards, Rockets and Cavs are also talking with Indiana about a possible George trade.
If the Lakers do keep the No. 2 pick, they're expected to take Lonzo Ball.
The 6-foot-6, 190-pound Ball averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game while leading UCLA to a 31-5 record this season.Back to the Los Angeles Lakers Newsfeed