With the NBA Draft just over two weeks away, the Los Angeles Lakers are sure to be exploring their options when it comes to their seventh overall pick.
One option, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford, could involve the Lakers trading down to the tenth pick, which is currently owned by the Philadelphia 76ers, in order to land talented 25-year-old forward Thaddeus Young.
While this isn’t necessarily a rumor, Young is reportedly on the trading block and Ford – a draft insider – admits that this deal is something both sides would consider.
Here’s the proposed idea:
Seventh overall pick
Tenth overall pick
Now, this deal makes sense for a number of reasons.
Firstly, it would allow the Lakers to rid themselves of Nash’s contract ($9.7 million) while also acquiring a player who can contribute right away in Young, who averaged 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game last season.
For his production, Young is on reasonable contract and is owed just $9.4 million next season – less than is set to head for Nash’s bank account – and just under $10 million in 2015-16 (early termination option).
Secondly, the Lakers would still be able to make a solid selection with the tenth overall pick – the same pick they had in 2005 when they drafted Andrew Bynum.
According to current mock drafts, players such as Marcus Smart and Doug McDermott – two guys who are apparently on L.A’s radar – could still be available at ten, as well as other promising talents such as Aaron Gordon and Nik Stauskas.
As for the Sixers, such a trade would allow the team to move up three spots and land “an elite power forward,” per Ford, such as Julius Randle, Noah Vonleh or Gordon.
However, understandably, Ford reports that Philadelphia’s preference would be to move Young and the tenth pick for Cleveland’s number one overall selection, though the ESPN scribe notes that such a deal appears unlikely.
The Boston Celtics at sixth overall are another possible trade partner for Philly, according to Ford.
This idea is just one example of the various trade scenarios the Lakers will likely be faced with in the coming weeks.
Will the purple and gold keep their pick or trade it? We’ll just have to wait and see.