The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to acquire another first-round draft pick, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.
Shelburne states that the Lakers, who already own the No. 2 overall selection as well as the 28th pick, have already talked to two teams in the lottery about trading for another draft choice.
Other ballclubs have contacted Los Angeles about the No. 2 pick, but the Lakers seem unlikely to trade out of that spot.
While most feel that Los Angeles will take UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with its top draft choice, the Lakers are also considering Kansas wing Josh Jackson and Kentucky floor general De’Aaron Fox.
Ball has already worked out for Los Angeles twice and has not worked out for any other teams.
The Lakers have been in unusually dire straits for the past few seasons.
Los Angeles has missed the playoffs each of the last four years, something it has never done in its franchise history. As a matter of fact, prior to missing out on the postseason for a third consecutive season in 2015-16, the Lakers had never failed to make the playoffs more than two years in a row.
Los Angeles has gone just 91-237 since the 2013-14 campaign and has gone through three head coaches during that time period.
Last season, Los Angeles went 26-56 under first-year coach Luke Walton. While Walton’s group is expected to improve heading into 2017-18, the consensus is that Los Angeles will likely miss out on the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
You can catch the NBA Draft on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.