The Los Angeles Lakers are definitely putting in work at the moment.
According to a report by the Washington Post, the Lakers are discussing a deal with the Denver Nuggets that would net them a future draft pick.
The pick would presumably be used to sweeten the pot in any potential Kawhi Leonard trade with the San Antonio Spurs.
Multiple sources said the Lakers and Denver Nuggets are discussing a potential deal that would see Los Angeles take back bad money for a draft pick. The Nuggets, who will be deep into the luxury tax after re-signing restricted free agent center Nikola Jokic next month, have about $34 million in expiring contracts for Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur and Wilson Chandler to send out in possible deals.
This isn’t the first time this offseason that the Lakers have been mentioned to be in pursuit of a draft picks.
A recent ESPN report stated that the purple and gold would be willing to take on salary for the 2018-19 season if it meant being able to land draft picks to help give them more of an edge in trade discussions.
The Lakers will likely continue to pursue a trade for Leonard, while LeBron James will also be in their sights once free agency begins over the weekend.
James, who opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier today, is said to have “strong interest” in joining the purple and gold.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George will also be a target for the Lakers once July 1 comes around, though it’s currently unclear whether the 28-year-old will head back to his hometown team in L.A. or stay put with Russell Westbrook and company.