Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has revealed that between four and eight players are being considered by the franchise for their Draft pick.
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The Lakers struck it lucky at the NBA Draft Lottery last week as they were handed the No.2 overall pick in the NBA Draft 2015.
While Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor are considered the favourites to be selected with the opening two picks, the Minnesota Timberwolves select first, Kupchak has revealed that the organisation is keeping their options open for now.
“Kupchak said anywhere from four to eight players could be in consideration for the No. 2 pick. Keeping options open and broad right now,” Lakers.com reports.
“LAL want to be prepped to pick from 1 all the way to 60; could always make a trade or purchase a pick as they did for Clarkson last year.”
It remains to be seen whether or not the franchise opt to trade their pick, as they will not want another year struggling at the bottom of the Western Conference or even battling to make the playoffs.
As a result, they could choose to acquire immediate help, although the suggestions so far have been that they intend on bringing in a future franchise cornerstone to continue to build on the young nucleus that they have.
It is also possible that they could purchase a Draft pick as they did last year, with Jordan Clarkson arriving as the 46th overall selection before going on to earn first-team All-Rookie honours after the Lakers bought the pick from the Washington Wizards.
Clarkson, Julius Randle and another young prospect will lay the foundations for a longer term project, but such a storied franchise can’t be without tangible success for so long and it puts pressure on Kupchak and management to make the right decision.