L.A. Times: The Lakers just won the NBA championship with a deep, young and talented team that could remain that way if they sign their three free agents.
The Lakers also have three picks in today’s NBA draft, but the players available are not likely to make their roster next season, so they’d rather make a deal to have the money available to sign Lamar Odom, Trevor Ariza and Shannon Brown, who become unrestricted free agents next month.
“There is a better than even likelihood that we’ll move one of our picks,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Wednesday.
That means the Lakers, who have a first-round pick (No. 29) and two second-round selections (Nos. 42 and 59), could make a trade in a package with a current player or move the draft pick for cash.
At this time of the year there are always trade rumors, and one involving the Lakers has them shopping backup point guard Jordan Farmar. The Lakers contacted the Houston Rockets about acquiring Farmar or buying the Lakers’ first-round pick, but the Lakers were turned down, according to two NBA sources who are not authorized to speak publicly about their team.