Lakers News: How Ed Davis Opting out Shakes Up NBA Draft, Free-Agency Plans

The Los Angeles Lakers will have a busy draft day and offseason ahead of them. With the No. 2 pick in Thursday night's draft, they can choose between Duke's Jahlil Okafor, Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell or even dealing the pick. 

There are also plenty of free agents to pursue in order to rebuild a team that had just 21 wins, second worst in franchise history. 

Then on Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Times' Eric Pincus reported this: 

In his only season with the Lakers, Davis appeared in 79 games, starting 24 of them, averaging 8.3 points per game and 7.6 rebounds. The 6'10" power forward was second on the team in rebounds and the third-leading scoring forward. 

Davis signed a two-year, $2.1 million deal last season with the Lakers, according to Pincus.

So what does this mean for the Lakers? With Davis' departure and Jordan Hill likely to follow him out, the Lakers are going to be in need of some big men. They could not have picked a better year to do so as there are plenty of options available. 

Their easiest option could come from the draft. With the No. 2 overall pick, they could address their need by drafting Duke's Jahlil Okafor. Okafor averaged 17.3 points per game and 8.5 rebounds in his freshman year. According to's Jonathan Givony, Okafor could be a force to be reckoned with. 

Standing 6-11, 270 pounds, with a 7-5 wingspan, a 9-2 ½ standing reach and absolutely gigantic hands, Okafor has ideal physical attributes for an NBA center. He's extremely nimble and agile for a player his size on top of that, running the floor well when motivated, and being very graceful with his movements.

The Lakers don't have many other options in terms of frontcourt help. Other than Carlos Boozer, the Lakers did not have a power forward or center listed on their roster that averaged more than 8.5 points per game....

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