With the 2020 NBA Draft still set to take place on Nov. 18, there has been a lot of debate about what the Los Angeles Lakers should do with the No. 28 pick in the proceedings. On our latest podcast, co-hosts Harrison Faigen and Anthony Irwin were joined by SB Nation’s own draft expert, the always-insightful Ricky O’Donnell, to debate all of the front office’s options.
What are the Lakers’ biggest needs, and can any of these rookies realistically fill them? Could any of them even get on the court for the defending champions? Is there a difference between the most talented players available in the Lakers’ range and the most NBA-ready prospects? Would trading the pick for someone who might be able to help more immediately make more sense? Ricky, Harrison and Anthony all have some thoughts.
And in a year in which plenty of teams will be selling second-round picks — at least in part because of the league’s financial struggles — should the Lakers look to buy a second-round pick again to leverage their financial muscle and their scouting department’s previous success late in the draft? And how will a team that values individual workouts as much as the Lakers operate in a draft when the pandemic made those mostly impossible? We tried to address all those questions and more in the latest Silver Screen and Roll podcast.
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