Lakers Rumors: Analyzing Trade Deadline Buzz on Goran Dragic, Ty Lawson and More

The Los Angeles Lakers hold just a 13-40 record and are eyeing a top-five pick in this year's draft, but that's not stopping them from making some headlines just before Thursday's trade deadline.

Generally, teams in the Lakers' position at this time of year are looking to offload pricey players in an effort to free up cap space and roster spots while ensuring they finish in a "comfortable" position for the draft lottery. Well, that's not the case in Los Angeles.

The Lakers may be in the gutter of the Pacific Division, but they are rumored to have interest in several big-name players. ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted the details:

All right, Goran Dragic isn't exactly news. His name has been thrown around the rumor mill for a while now, and this isn't the first report linking him to the Lakers. The Phoenix Suns are asking for a first-round pick in return for the guard, which isn't unreasonable considering his production this season—he's averaging 16.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 50.1 percent from the floor.

Due to the crowded backcourt in Phoenix, Dragic wants out. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Los Angeles is one of his preferred landing spots:

After informing the Phoenix Suns that Goran Dragic won't re-sign an extension this summer, agent Bill Duffy delivered the Phoenix Suns a list of preferred trade destinations that includes the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Well, regardless of what Dragic wants, it doesn't appear likely the Lakers will pull the trigger on this one. Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders explained why:

Holding onto their first-round pick would make sense for the Lakers. This is a team looking to rebuild, and the draft is a very important part of that process. Since Dragic won'...

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