LA Lakers reportedly involved in Kevin Love trade discussions and may trade the seventh pick in the NBA Draft.
The Los Angeles Lakers are almost certainly out of the running to trade for Kevin Love, but that does not mean they are out of the discussions completely.
The Golden State Warriors are favourites to land the all-star big man, but the Lakers could still play a key role as a third-party facilitator.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the team have been in talks with the Warriors and Timberwolves about sending the seventh pick in the upcoming NBA Draft to Minnesota, in exchange for Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson.
The trade discussions came to a halt as the Timberwolves were reportedly demanding that the Warriors include both Thompson and a future first-round pick in any package for Love.
But the Lakers' involvement could push the talks along, as Minnesota would receive a high-end pick and Golden State would not be forced to give up a valuable first-rounder.
The Lakers have also been linked to a trade for another young building block. ESPN's Ryan Russillo tweeted that they could pursue a deal for Philadelphia 76ers' point guard Michael-Carter Williams and forward Thaddeus Young.
More Embiid fallout. Lakers could move Nash and #7 to Philly for MCW and T Young. 76ers would take Exum at #3.— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) June 20, 2014
With Joel Embiid's foot injury meaning he is likely to fall in the draft, the Sixers are likely to select Dante Exum at the number three spot. This would give them a jam at the point, and the Lakers could pounce on a deal for Rookie of the Year Carter-Williams.
LA would also send Steve Nash to Philadelphia. He would perhaps be used as a mentor to Dante Exum, but the more likely outcome would be that the 40-year-old would retire.
If the Lakers do keep their draft pick, the LA Daily News reports that they would consider drafting Embiid if he falls to them. Grantland's Bill Simmons tweeted that the player's agent would like him to go to Los Angeles or Boston if he is not the top pick.
Also hearing that Arn Tellem wanted Embiid to go first... but if that can't happen, he's going to push hard to steer him to Boston or LA.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 19, 2014