Despite finishing with the 10th worst record in the NBA in the 2018-19 regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers still lucked out in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery, ending up with the No. 4 overall pick. But even with this high draft pick likely to be traded as the Lakers try to acquire a proven veteran superstar like the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, CBS Sports recently speculated that Los Angeles could also use a first-round selection as part of a package for Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons, along with the three players who make up the bulk of the Lakers’ young core.
In a report published on Tuesday, CBS Sports’ Brad Botkin wrote that the strong possibility of the Pelicans using their No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft on Zion Williamson could give them “new leverage” as they hope to convince Davis to reconsider his trade request. He added, however, that the Lakers might have a chance to acquire Davis after their failed attempt prior to the February trade deadline, given the resources they now have in the aftermath of the 2019 Draft Lottery.
In addition to Davis, Botkin noted that the Lakers could also use their No. 4 overall pick as trade bait for other tried-and-true stars such as Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards. He also mentioned the possibility of trading for Simmons, who made headlines earlier this week after NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Tom Haberstroh suggested that the 76ers could trade him to the Lakers for four-time MVP LeBron James.