Three players worth trading up for in the draft

Doug Mendoza
June 24, 2018

ESPN reported that the Sixers traded the 39 pick Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a 2019 second-rounder via the Chicago Bulls and cash.

Although George is yet to hit the open market, there are many who believe that his deciding to take his talents to Los Angeles to join the Lakers is a foregone conclusion. Both are intelligent players who don't concede on the defensive side - even against the second pick of this year's draft. Now owning the 25th pick overall, along with the 47th, the signature franchise in Los Angeles is in a good position to either stand pat at 25, or even move up and get a guy it really wants.

Former Michigan basketball star Moe Wagner made the bold decision to declare for the NBA draft, without an agent following the Wolverines NCAA tournament run.

Just under 7 feet tall, Wagner's 3-point prowess forced opposing bigs to abandon the paint and guard him on the perimeter, opening the court up for his teammates.

"The game, as you know, requires bigs that can spread the floor", Pelinka said.

That deal helped the Lakers clear cap space and put them in position to pursue two max free agents in July when Los Angeles will be in the running for LeBron James and Paul George.

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And LA will need affordable contracts to fill out their bench should they wish to make a run at free agents this summer, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

I don't think he wants to follow in Kobe Bryant's shadow. "This is a question where I can't win".

The Lakers don't want to get into any trouble during this year's free agency period.

Another day... Another story about Paul George's pending free agency.

Magic Johnson wanted to address an area of need with the Lakers' picks in Thursday's NBA Draft.

He returned to North Carolina for his senior season and averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists, earning third team All-American honors.

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