Thursday is a huge night in the rebuilding process of the Los Angeles Lakers. Draft night is always one of the biggest days of the NBA offseason, however this year it's that much more exciting with the Paul George being shopped by the Pacers rumors going around. The Lakers have a huge opportunity in front of them to finally start putting this historic franchise back on the winning track. Since the 2012-13 season they haven't made the playoffs, as a mater of fact they haven't even been close. Now, after 3 straight seasons of being God awful, Lakers finally seem to have some good young pieces and more on the way. This gives them some assets to finally sell off, so they can bring in established players, and start returning to the usual Laker glory days. Draft night will answer a lot of the questions for the upcoming season.
Here's how the Lakers need draft night and the events leading up to it to play out in order for this to be the perfect job by Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. First order of business draft Lonzo Ball with the #2 overall pick. I don't care what you say about his Dad or his defense/athleticism, I saw the kid play in college, and he's a helluva of a baller. He's a pass first guy which is exactly what this team needs, mix in that with his ability to hit long threes, and I believe he's a perfect point guard for the modern NBA.
Second order of business is bring in Paul George, if we can for the right price. The last thing we want to do is overpay for a guy that would most likely sign with us next offseason regardless. Give up one player and maybe our later first round pick. Whether it's Russell or Randle the sacrifice of their game will be worth it to bring in Paul George for certain. I know he said he wants to come to LA after next season regardless, but a lot can change, and these players words mean next to nothing to me. Plus, having PG here now to build chemistry with the guys we have will only help us in the long run.
If the Lakers are unable to land Paul George via trade, I'd look to trade back into the lottery by either trading Russell or Randle and adding another nice young player such as, Malik Monk, Zach Collins, or Jayson Tatum. It'll be tough to get a high enough pick to land one of those guys, although I believe it'll be worth it. This class is special, getting another one of these young studs on a fresh rookie contract will be a lot better than having to pay Russell or Randle a shit ton of money when their deals expire this year or next. This is more of a financial move, but it's also a move where we might end up with a better player as well.
If the Lakers can manage to get 2 of these 3 things done I'll be more than satisfied with the way the NBA draft unfolded for us. If not it'll leave me very worried about the job Pelinka and Magic are capable of doing here in LA. Guess we'll find out soon enough the fate of the Lakers upcoming season this week. We might be playoff contenders, or it might be another long year of the rebuilding process, just going to have to wait and see.
What do you think the Lakers should do? Who do you think they should draft? Tell me in the comment section.