The Los Angeles Lakers made the biggest leap in the entire 2019 NBA Draft Lottery when they jumped all the way from No. 11 to No. 4 when the drawing was revealed. The pick changes the entire complexion of their offseason. Virtually every player on the team came with some red flag or another moving forward. Lonzo Ball is dealing with off-court problems. He, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart all have injury concerns. LeBron James doesn't seem to be seeing eye to eye with the front office right now. The list goes on and on. But if nothing else, the Lakers can feel confident in their ability to add a major piece now that they have a top-five pick.
That doesn't mean that they are going to keep that pick, though. Rob Pelinka was straightforward about the doors that this pick opens for the Lakers this offseason. They could keep it and select a top prospect. Or they could move it in a bigger trade for a veteran star.
"This is a powerful asset for us," Pelinka said on a conference call according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. "We owe a commitment to our fans to have an outstanding season next year. What this does is it gives us the ability to either select an impact player at [No.] 4 or possibly use this as an extremely valuable asset in trade."
It's not hard to read between the lines here. The player that the Lakers want to trade for is currently under contract with the winners of the lottery.