"We felt like with the two players that we selected tonight in the draft that we added shooting and guys that know how to play the game the right way".
Los Angeles as a location is far superior, and the Lakers boast a much stronger history of success and fame than the Sixers can.
Wagner became the seventh MI basketball player picked in the first round since John Beilein has been the head coach. But the Lakers' GM did say that because of the franchise's past success, opposing teams won't be so quick to help the Lakers restore their glory.
After they hunt better wings, they could even bring back Stephenson at a lower salary. And then Collin, we got to get there with experience as well.
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Not only that, but McDonough engineered a last-minute trade for swingman Mikal Bridges of Villanova, the 10th pick. The Suns just went out and got the best possible big man to complement that skill set.
The Lakers were able to make a trade before the draft with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 39th overall pick in exchange for the Lakers' 2019 second-round pick via the Chicago Bulls and cash, according to Wojnarowski. With Brown temporarily running things heading into free agency, there's no elaborate chain of command to penetrate or competing ideas to work through. The Oklahoma City Thunder took a chance by trading for him last summer in the hopes they could convince him to stay long-term, but they failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs in a relatively disappointing campaign. He said he considers another player of that generation, Kobe Bryant, to be the greatest Laker of all time.
Wagner probably won't see a lot of minutes in his rookie season, but Walton will likely give him the same type of opportunities he gave Larry Nance Jr. before he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers. At 21 years old, he has plenty of upside for someone taken with the No. 47 pick.
Second-round picks differ from first-round selections in that they don't count against the salary cap. "He plays with energy, he's light on his feet, '" Pelinka said after the draft, per Ron Gutterman of Lakers Nation.
The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.