Lakers GM: Team has received calls on trades for No. 2 draft pick
Oh, it's good to be the Los Angeles Lakers.
It's also an unusual feeling, as the Lakers aren't really used to being in the driver's seat during draft season. But with the No. 2 overall pick, pretty much everything that's going to happen in this draft depends on what the Lakers are going to do. And that includes potentially trading the pick, as plenty of teams are going to have interest in taking whichever prospect the Minnesota Timberwolves pass on.
During a recent appearance with Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak admitted as much, as he said that he's fielded more than one phone call from a team inquiring what it would take to procure the second pick from Los Angeles. But not every team is blowing up Kupchak's phone, as most teams know that you have to be able to provide something in return for such a valuable asset:
"You can’t just call and say, 'Hey, listen, we have interest in the No. 2 pick' if they’re not willing to be really, really serious. They know that. The No. 2 pick is valuable, so, to answer your question, yeah, we’ve gotten phone calls, 30 teams, 29 teams haven’t called us, and they wouldn’t. They know what the price would be, but we have gotten phone calls, and we will entertain the possibility of moving the pick if the right phone call, the right offer comes along."
It's Kupchak's job not to reveal too much information this time of year, and it's also his job to listen to any offers that might come his way. But let's be serious for a second -- short of an offer that completely bowls over the Lakers front office and ownership, Los Angeles will be making the second overall selection in the draft. It's just a matter of finding the right player.
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