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Lakers Rumors: Team not interested in trading down in draft?


With the NBA Draft now just one week away, the Los Angeles Lakers continue to weigh their options when it comes to their lottery pick.

However, one scenario the team do not seem so excited about is the prospect of trading down in order to acquire multiple picks in this year’s draft.

According to Dave McMenamin from ESPN Los Angeles, the Lakers feel there is a drop off in talent after the projected tenth pick in this year’s draft class.

So, instead of possibly moving their seventh overall selection for a couple of first-rounders in the lower teens, it seems the purple and gold would rather hang onto their pick and take a player who they feel more comfortable with.

Marcus Smart and Julius Randle are two prospects the Lakers may be eyeing, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford.

Randle visited the Lakers on Tuesday and took part in a solo workout, while Smart is scheduled to return for a second workout on Friday when he’s expected to go head-to-head with fellow point guard Elfrid Payton.

The 2014 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place on June 26.

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Written by Ross Pickering

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