Los Angeles Lakers trade rumors are very prevalent heading into the 2014 NBA Draft. Among the fresh LA Lakers trade rumors is Steve Nash getting dealt to clear out his $9.7 million in salary for the coming season. A report from the Wall Street Journal on Thursday (June 26), suggests that they are one of the most likely teams to pull off a deal during the draft itself. That might even include the No. 7 overall selection that the franchise holds in the first round.
There has been a lot of chatter about possibly teaming up Kobe Bryant with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, but it would take a lot of maneuvering to make something like that work. It would start with convincing another franchise to take on the expiring contract of Nash, presumably as a nice veteran to add to a roster that already has a nice starting point guard. He could certainly add a lot of value to a team if he were coming off the bench and playing limited minutes.
The other big "if" in this scenario is whether the two All-Star free agents would take a big pay cut just to go play with Bryant. There are various other Los Angeles Lakers trade rumors popping up as well, with a key reason being that the team only has three players under contract for the 2014-15 NBA season (Bryant, Nash, and Robert Sacre). The front office has a lot of work to do, so if they could turn a really good pick into several good role players it might be worth the effort.
In the current draft projections from NBA.com, college star Julius Randle is slated to go to the Lakers with the No. 7 selection. He has the talent to be a really good player in the league, but the important question is whether he is ready to start right away. A lot will be asked of him if he joins a starting rotation that already includes Bryant. This is where the picks hold a lot of value in the open market, possibly as a way to spin the team into a superstar like Kevin Love.