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The state of play as Lakers head into the NBA draft




Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder heads for the basket being chased by Blake Griffin, Chris Paul (top), Darren Collison (R) and J.J. Redick (#4) of the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter on May 15, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, during game 6 of their NBA playoffs round two series in which the Thunder defeated the Clippers 104-98 to win the series by four games to two.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder heads for the basket being chased by Blake Griffin, Chris Paul (top), Darren Collison (R) and J.J. Redick (#4) of the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter on May 15, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, during game 6 of their NBA playoffs round two series in which the Thunder defeated the Clippers 104-98 to win the series by four games to two.
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Intrigue and trade rumors abound ahead of tonight’s NBA draft. The draft this year has extra importance for Lakers fans as the franchise looks to rebuild with a seventh draft pick in the first round after a dismal 2013-2014 season. Of course, a draft pick is never just a draft pick, and several other options are available to the Lakers: the team could trade it for a few mid- to late first-round picks, for instance, or for a veteran player. A source close to the Lakers told the LA Daily News that the team is “open to anything.”

The draft is just step one in the Lakers’ rebuilding campaign. Free-agency period starts on July 1 and two of the league’s most sought-after players—LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony—have opted out of their existing contracts. Multiple teams, including the Lakers, are looking at ways to add the two superstars to their rosters.

Guest:

Kevin Arnovitz, NBA editor for ESPN.com