The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers made draft pick trade last night. The deal is far from a blockbuster, but could be important for the Lakers' process of attempting to attract superstars like LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.
The Lakers received the 39th overall pick in tonight's NBA Draft, a second round pick. In exchange, the 76ers get a second round pick next year, originally owned by the Chicago Bulls, as well as cash.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news late on Wednesday night.
On its face, the trade doesn't seem super consequential. However, as former Nets front office executive Bobby Marks tweeted, it could be essential in helping the Lakers round out a "super team."
The Lakers have the ability to add two maximum salary players, like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, or Paul George. However, to fill out a roster, second round picks could add flexibility.
There is also the chance that the Lakers are compiling picks to move up in the first round, of course. The team reportedly covets versatile Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith, who is expected to go in the mid-first round.
Los Angeles is currently set to pick 25th in the first round. They've been connected to players like Maryland's Kevin Huerter, Duke's Grayson Allen, and Western Kentucky Chalmette High School's Mitchell Robinson, among others.
Right now, the Lakers are the favorites to land both James and Leonard. Because James is expected to become a free agent, while Leonard is still under contract with the Spurs through next season, the Lakers may need to trade with San Antonio in order to lock down LeBron.
There is no guarantee that San Antonio will want to play ball with L.A., and of course, plenty can change with LeBron. The Lakers are probably not the best immediate option for the superstar looking to win championships in the backend of his prime.
Whatever happens, the NBA will dominate the summer again, and that starts with tonight's NBA Draft. Enjoy it, fans.