We already got draft picks that could be decent players. Wes Johnson, Xavier Henry, who are ready to be developed and have more potential than whatever the 19th pick of the 2013 draft would have been.
Obviously a tanking team like Phoenix thought the same thing cause they got rid of that draft pick to get Wes Johnson whom we just got and took less money than he would have made going back to Phoenix.
So there's that.
The thing is Nash at the very least gives us a chance, and whoever we'd have drafted number 20 in the 2013 draft wouldn't have given us as much a chance as Nash did and was likely gonna be another player "gone" in 2-3 years but not even of the same quality that Nash is.
I think you're overrating just how important those 'draft' picks were. It ain't like we gave up the number 1 draft pick for Nash, we gave up a middle of the pack draft pick in a draft class EVERYONE was touting as weak, so I don't know why suddenly people start complaining about it.
You can bet your bottom freaking dollar if we'd said no to Nash and kept on to that 2013 draft pick and drafted some middle of the pack guy 20th this forum would be going off with posts about "So we traded in getting Steve Nash.. for (whoever is the 20th draft pick in a weak 2013 draft) and so we could develop Morris... GOOD FREAKING JOB FRONT OFFICE!! FIRE JIM BUSS!!! WTF!!!"
But now we're acting like we missed out on some golden sleeper in the 2013 draft who everyone was saying was weak, a draft so weak that a team that was going to be much worse than us(Phoenix) got rid of it , sending it to Minnesota to get Wes Johnson whom we just got from them.
The two guys we have right now(Xavier and Johnson) were drafted higher in stronger drafts. So giving up Nash for a middle of the pack pick in a draft class nobody cared about ain't the world changing event that shapes Lakers history for the next 20 years like some people act like it is. We gave up just enough to get Nash and we STILL have our first round 2014 pick in a much stronger draft. But do we get credit for not losing that pick? Nope.... nope... but the 2013 weak draft middle of the pack pick? Oh that was TOO MUCH...!!
We will truly see how much we gave up by 2015.