Lakers Rumors: Assessing Team’s Last-Minute Draft Buzz and Trade Scenarios

It doesn't appear likely the Los Angeles Lakers will settle their head coaching search before Thursday's draft, so the upcoming decisions will rest heavily on general manager Mitch Kupchak and owner Jim Buss.

With an upcoming offseason overhaul on the horizon, the Lakers' first order of business is to make the right moves during the draft. The team has plenty of options, and rumors regarding certain scenarios the team is considering have recently surfaced across the Web.

Who will the Lakers select with the No. 7 overall selection? Will the team end up trading the pick?

These questions may not be answered until the draft arrives; however, that won't stop us from speculating based on a few juicy rumors.


Trade Pick to Please Melo?

The Lakers are looking to make waves during the offseason. One big part of their plans appears to be making a run at free agent Carmelo Anthony.

Well, if the Lakers are to acquire Anthony's services, they have some work to do.

According to a report from Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of, Anthony wants a stronger roster in Los Angeles before he makes a decision:

It is believed Anthony would want them to strengthen their roster before he would seriously consider a move to L.A. Sources say the Lakers, to that end, have been exploring their options with the No. 7 pick in Thursday's draft and have told teams they are prepared to package the pick with the expiring contract of Steve Nash(owed $9.7 million next season) for the right offer.

Bolstering the roster with veterans would certainly appeal to Anthony. There's even some speculation regarding which players Los Angeles would want to bring in on such a deal. Here's one option, via ESPN's Ryen Russillo:

We shall see how this all plays out.


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