There has been a lot of talk about the Los Angeles Lakers and their future draft picks lately.
Over the summer, it was rumored that the team was trying to do everything they could to land another superstar on the team.
Yet every possible trade deal ran into a problem: LA wouldn’t give up on those choices.
But general manager Rob Pelinka said it wasn’t that simple.
Rob Pelinka on Lakers potentially swapping picks: “Let me be very clear…(LeBron) committed to our organization, we’re going to commit to him – including those picks – to see him through to the finish line. arrival.” He points out that they only have one move to trade the picks.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) September 26, 2022
Speaking to the press about the potential swap of his 2027 and 2029 picks, Pelinka opened up:
“Let me be very clear…(LeBron) committed to our organization, we’re going to be committed to him – including those picks – to see him to the finish line.”
That means Pelinka and the Lakers would have fire their draft picks if it meant they could get a great player to play alongside James.
But did they run out of time to conclude any transaction?
Pelinka and her choices
Now that he has clarified that the team would have trade draft picks, fans will urge Pelinka to do just that.
The team only has a few more years left with James before he retires and the longer they stay on those draft picks, the less time they have with their showpiece superstar.
But they can’t just trade the picks for anyone, it has to make sense and it has to be worth it to the Lakers.
But don’t be shocked if the Lakers aim to make a really big trade later this year — and don’t be shocked when their draft picks are part of it.