P.E.com: The Lakers put the draft behind them Friday, content with the three choices they made the night before but not entirely satisfied because of their inability to pull off a trade that could have changed the course of the organization.
The players the Lakers selected — point guard Javaris Crittenton with the 19th pick in the first round and second-round choices Sun Yue (No. 40) and Marc Gasol (48) — are not expected to have an impact next season.
What the Lakers still hope for is to acquire an impact player who can put them back among the elite. Earlier in the week they reportedly were trying to get All-Star forward Kevin Garnett from Minnesota for Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum and a draft pick, but were turned down, even after the Lakers tried to make it a four-team deal.
However, league sources said the Lakers will wait out the Garnett saga in hopes they can persuade Minnesota general manager Kevin McHale with the right deal.
The same sources said the Lakers turned down a trade request from Phoenix that would have brought four-time All-Star forward Shawn Marion to Los Angeles for Odom and a second player to make the deal work financially.