Even before the Los Angeles Lakers actually received the second overall pick in the draft, there were those that tried to start rumors that the team would trade the selection.
Well known news breakers like Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports said that the team would trade the selection if it wasn't first overall, while Bill Simmons of HBO and the Ringer said the Los Angeles would look to move it for Paul George.
Shockingly, that rumor mongering appears to have been less than reliable. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak literally laughed at those rumors, and doubled down during a recent radio appearance."Just off the top of my head, I don't think there's a lot of players we would trade for with that pick," said Kupchak, and it sounds like the rest of the NBA believes him.
David Aldridge of NBA.com reported on Monday morning that "few expect the Lakers to move the pick, after all the angst they had to go through this year to secure it." Such a decision makes sense.
The 2016 NBA draft is widely considered to be two players deep with Brandon Ingram of Duke and Ben Simmons of LSU going first and second. If the team has a chance to land one of those two possibly transformational players to a team-friendly rookie contract they have to do so.
It's sounding more and more likely that the Philadelphia 76ers will select Simmons first overall, and Ingram is no ordinary consolation prize. The wispy wing is a seamless fit on the Lakers roster, and will bring much-needed shooting (and eventually, defense) to a position of need for Los Angeles.
With a player so perfectly suited to provide what the Lakers require looking set to fall to them, it's no surprise the rest of the league doesn't expect them to ship out their pick.
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